The origin and more about Rotary

A short history and background about Rotary

Paul Harris Founder of Rotary, Chicago 1905
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Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary

Rotary was founded by businessman Paul Harris and three colleagues in Chicago in 1905 as a business networking club to support the local community; a place where professionals from diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, enjoy fellowship and form lifelong friendships

Over 100 years later the Rotary International community has a global reputation for high ethical standards and the Rotary's charitable arm, the Rotary Foundation, ranks in the top 10 list of charities "doing good in the world"

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and in particular, to encourage and foster:


The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.


High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.


The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life.


The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Enjoy helping others?

We invite you to find out more about Rotary. Forge new friendships, exchange ideas and use your business and social skills, and professional resources, to benefit people less fortunate than yourself.

Help Rotary deliver humanitarian aid to local, national and international communities and potentially, your business life will benefit too.

We invite you to contact us to find out more about Rotary, to help us with our events or to ask about coming along to one of our meetings: