Origins of Rotary
It was in Chicago in 1905 that Paul P. Harris, an Attourney, first set up a Club for Professionals. He wanted to form a club with the same friendly spirit that he had experienced in his youth in small towns in America.
The first four Rotarians were Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris. The name "Rotary Club" derived from the fact that, in the early days, they rotated meetings between each others' offices.
The early mission was to serve social and professional interests of members. However the concept spread across American cities where clubs were established by charter. By 1921 there were clubs across six continents which led to the organisation becoming known as Rotary International in 1922. The current memebership is over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 200 Countries and geographical areas world wide.
As the organisation grew it expanded its mission beyond personal and professional interests to utilising professional resources and expertise to serve communities in need. This mission is summed up in the organisation"s motto "Service above Self".
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Rotary in Keynsham is represented by Keynsham Rotary group. The work undertaken by Keynsham Rotary includes work in the community and fundraising for supporting International and local Charities. New members are welcome; we meet on Wednesday evenings.more
Rotary is represented in Keynsham by the Keynsham Rotary Club. Rotary Members join together weekly to socialise, make friendships and to undertake work to support the community and local, national and international charity organisations.more
Rotary Club of Keynsham undertakes charity work and community work within the local Keynsham community. This page outlines Keynsham Rotary club Keynsham Charity work and Keynsham Community work together with fundraising in the Keynsham area.more
Rotary Club of Keynsham Charity work and fundraising includes the regionally based charities Send a Cow; WaterAid and Shelterbox. Keynsham Rotary Club also supports Rotary International Foundation causes including the eradication of polio.more
Keynsham Rotary Club is part of Rotary International; but what exactly is Rotary? This page defines what Rotary is and what it does. Rotary Club of Keynsham raises funds for Charity. Rotary club of Keynsham supports the Keynsham community.more
The Rotary Club's founders were based in Chicago. It was a few year's before Rotary spread across the world to places cities such as Bristol (and of course the Rotary club of Keynsham). Keynsham Rotary club meets on Wednesday evenings.more