For Rotary and BNI, membership is all about this 'Power Question'
Jim Blasingame, Contributing Writer
Feb 16, 2016, 7:30am EST Updated: Feb 16, 2016, 8:02am EST
It was 120 years ago when a lawyer named Paul J. Harris moved his practice to Chicago. Harris enjoyed the new opportunity his adopted city afforded, but he missed the friendly relationships he remembered from growing up in a small Vermont town.
One fall day in 1900, while walking around the Windy City’s North Side with Bob Frank, Harris noticed the connections his friend had made with local shopkeepers and it made him long for this kind of interaction. He wondered if, like himself, other professionals who had emigrated from rural America to the big cities might be experiencing the same feeling of loss.