Making a Difference Since 1905.
The Rotary movement began right here in Chicago, in 1905, when a small group of businessmen formed a charitable organization dedicated to serving their community and fostering fellowship among members of the professional community. Paul Harris, Silvester Schiele, Gustavus Loehr and Hiram Shorey organized their first meetings in each others' offices, switching off each meeting at a different office location. Thus, the "Rotary" Club was born, only a few blocks from the Rotary Club of Chicago's current meeting place.
Today, the Rotary Club of Chicago boasts over 200 members who continue to meet on a weekly basis, a dedicated Foundation (the ROTARY/One Foundation, Inc.), a vibrant calendar of guest speakers, and strong participation in service projects both in Chicago and across the world, the Rotary Club of Chicago is carrying forward the traditions and values that were first founded here over 110 years ago. The Club sponsors two Rotaract Clubs, The Rotaract Club of Chicago and the Rotaract Club of the University of Chicago.
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