About Rotary

 

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In 1905, four Chicago businessmen set out to create a professional club with a friendly spirit.

(Pictured above: The First Rotarians: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, Paul Harris – founder)

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As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social interests.

Soon Rotary became the world’s first volunteer service club helping communities in need.

(Pictured above: The 1st Rotary National Convention held in Chicago, IL in 1910)

Today Rotary is 1.2 million men and women in 160+ countries conducting projects to address

poverty, illiteracy, disease and hunger while promoting peace.

(Pictured Above: Rotary Clubs from around the globe have helped the Wheelchair Foundation deliver more than 895,000 wheelchairs to impoverished people worldwide. Image used with permission from the Wheelchair Foundation.)

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At the local level Rotary is 34,000 autonomous clubs meeting the needs they identify in their own communities.

(Pictured above: Members of San Luis Rey Rotary serve a Thanksgiving meal at Family Recovery Center)

Learn more at Rotary International

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