Mar 082021

As legend has it, the first official Rotary “Attention” Bell was presented to the Rotary Club of New York in 1922 by the Rotary Club of London as a prize for winning an attendance contest between the two clubs.  The bell itself was taken from the British auxiliary warship, Patrol No. 20, and was mounted on a wooden base made from an oak timber from Admiral Nelson’s flagship at the battle of Trafalgar, the HMS Victory.  This began the tradition of opening and closing Rotary meetings by ringing the Rotary Attention Bell.

The Rotary Satellite Club of Little River, Sunset Edition has an attention bell of our own… or rather, an attention cowbell.  Our Rotary Attention Cowbell was presented to the Sunset Edition by John Dickenson who is a member of the noon edition of our club.  While our attention cowbell might not be as prestigious as the one presented to the Rotary Club of New York we still think it’s special since John is an Englishman by birth and we proudly ring it to open and close each meeting.

To learn more about the Rotary Club of Little River and our Sunset Edition satellite club, please be our guest at a meeting.   Our noon club meets and rings a traditional attention bell, gifted to the club by Bill and Isabelle Waldron, on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays at The Parson’s Table.  Our Sunset Edition meets and rings our non-traditional attention cowbell on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6 pm at Mulligans.  More information and directions are available on our website at or on Facebook at

Pictured are the Rotary Satellite Club of Little River Sunset Edition Attention Cowbell and John Dickenson and Rich Harrison during the presentation of the Attention Cowbell to the Sunset Edition.

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