Paul P. Harris 1869 - 1947
Founder of Rotary International
world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on the 23rd
February 1905 by Paul P Harris. He wished to recapture in a professional
club the same friendly spirit he had experienced in the small towns of his youth.
The name 'Rotary' is derived from the early practice of rotating meetings
among the offices of the various members.
1.2 million members operating from 31,000 clubs in 167 countries.
the things we think, say and do:
it the TRUTH.
2. Is it FAIR
to all concerned.
3. Will it build GOODWILL
or a better FRIENDSHIP.
it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned"
International has initiated a number of global projects some of which are illustrated
on the Projects page.
is a dynamic and unique International organisation for people
There are about 100 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland, and more
than 6,000 in the whole world, offering a wide choice of social activities, active
support to the local community, money raising for charity and the opportunity
to develop personal skills and gain new life experiences in the UK and abroad.
Wheel is a club formed of Rotarian wives.
In 1967 International Inner
Wheel was formed which links together members in different parts of the world
including Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia & the Americas.International
Inner Wheel is available in approximately 100 geographical locations with 103,000