Robert R. Barth, who served as president of Rotary International during 1993-94, died on 29 March 2007.
A Rotarian since 1956, Barth was a member of the Rotary Club of Aarau, Switzerland. The RI theme he selected for 1993-94 was Believe in What You Do – Do What You Believe In.
Barth also served Rotary as district governor, information institute counselor, RI training leader, committee member and chair, Foundation trustee and chair, director, and treasurer. In addition, he was an RI representative to the United Nations in Geneva. He was a recipient of the Polio-Plus Pioneer Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award for his extraordinary service to PolioPlus.
A beverage industry executive, Barth was president of Robarth Holding AG, former president of CESDA (Confederation of European Soft Drink Manufacturers), and former chair of the Swiss Sport Aid Foundation. He served in the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Aarau.
"Remember what Past RI President Bob Barth had to say - he said that a Rotary pin should say this about the wearer: 'You can rely on me, I am dependable, I am reliable, I give more than I take, and I am available.' I can't think of a better reason to wear it at all time."