In 1963 Gavin Reekie, as Governor Nominee for District 101 attended the World Assembly at Lake Placid in New York State and at the final banquet was seated, along with his wife Connie, at the table of the incoming World President Carl Miller. Carl’s theme for the year ahead was „Meeting Rotary’s Challenge in the Space Age“ and promoted the idea of Matched Districts.
Gavin related the wonderful golfing liaison between District 101 and 728 and the Jackson Christy Porridge Bowl Trophy and suggested, to further the World theme of ‚Matched Districts‘ that Carl should develop this golfing fellowship on a WORLD basis. Carl responded, „Gavin, I want you good people in Scotland to organize a similar competition between Districts on a World Basis and I will provide you with a suitable trophy. I will be in Scotland two months time. Let me have your ideas and we will finalize the details then“. This meeting took place at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, on the 17th August, 1963.
Carl was then the World President of Rotary International and Gavin was District Governor of District 101. Also present at this meeting were William Carter, President of R.I.B.I. and Willie McAslam, Governor of District 102, the only other District in Scotland at the time. Based on Carl Miller’s theme, ‚Meeting Rotary’s Challenge in the Space Age“, and after much discussion, the well known Jewellers, A. & C. Cairncross, Perth, Scotlands, produced a suitable design.
The Carl Miller Trophy continues to be the centerpiece of the many trophies and awards which have grown through the years. The trophy cost 256 English Pounds in 1964, which was paid by President Carl, and continues today as the most coveted of the IGFR trophies both both for its intrinsic value as well as its meaning to fellow golfing Rotarians. Gavin Reekie presented the „Runner-up“ trophy.
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1964 St. Andrews, Scotland
2017 Victoria, Canada
2020 Postponed due to COVID-19
2021 Postponed due to COVID-19
2022 Marrakesh, Morocco
2023 Rome, Italy