One of the colorful traditions of many Rotary clubs is the exchange of small banners, flags or pennants. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at "make-up" meetings as a token of friendship...  
 
Many clubs use the decorative banners they have received for attractive displays at club meetings and district events.  The Sun Lakes Rotary banner was designed by two Rotarians, Gene Vogt and Lee Widener and adopted back in 1999 as our club was on a growth path to 140 members in Rotary year 2000-01.  It displays the Saguaro Cactus, the desert and mountains and our beautiful Arizona sunsets.
 
The Rotary International board recognized the growing popularity of the banner exchange back in 1959 and suggested that those clubs that participate in such exchanges give careful thought to the design of their banners in order that they are distinctive and expressive of the community and country of which the club is a part. It is recommended that banners include pictures, slogans or designs that portray the territorial area of the club.
 
Since then, exchanging club banners has become a Rotary custom and club members are encouraged to have 2 or 3 banners with them as they travel domestically and internationally and will be attending a Rotary club where they will exchange Club Banners as a tangible symbol of our international Rotary fellowship.