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.
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.....
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...
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