Rotary History

T he world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P.Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.

Rotary's popularity spread, and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg, Canada. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents. The organization adopted the Rotary International name a year later..... (more)

The 4-way test

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian... (more)

The Rotary Wheel

The emblem known as the Rotary wheel or gearwheel has been around nearly as long as Rotary itself, yet it did  most of its evolving during Rotary's first 15 years.

The initial design emerged from the desk of engraver and Rotary Club of Chicago member Montague "Monty" Bear in 1905, shortly after the formation of the first Rotary club..... (more)



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