Did you know Rotary membership has advanced 

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professional men with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. The concept was that one businessmen from each type of business, career or "classifications" would be granted membership. The members would have their meetings "rotate" (the origin of the name Rotary) from office to office. This would allow professionals to promote their particular profession and/or business while building friendships.

A lot has changed since then. As early as the 1950s there was discussion about women being involved in Rotary. Women were encourage to be a part of the organization through their husbands, but in 1972 more clubs started lobbying for women to be members. Finally, in 1989 after a Supreme Court ruling, women were welcomed into clubs all across the world.

As time goes on the concept of having one person from each profession has also changed. Although we are encouraged to have members from diverse backgrounds so that we may have richer, more meaningful interactions; build peace and develop stronger, more vibrant clubs there is no hard and fast rule we follow. 

We welcome members from all walks of life, all ages and professions; business owners, employees, home makers, retired individuals. More important is that our members want to be leaders who take action for community. If you know someone who has a bit of time, the desire to meet new friends and do good in the world why not invite them to one of our (currently online) meetings?