Thursday, 15 May 2014
What's the history of the Rotary club?
Rotary clubs have been around for years, and there are a number of them in the Milton Keynes area alone. The Newport Pagnell Rotary club, for example, has been running since 1963. But how, why and when did they begin? Well, the first ever Rotary club meeting took place over a hundred years ago in 1905, when Paul P. Harris decided he wanted to meet with some like-minded people, and met with three other men at an office in downtown Chicago. They decided to call the club 'Rotary' because of the number of different places they met at- (rotating locations). By 1910 there were 16 clubs, and in 1922 the name was changed to Rotary International to reflect the addition of clubs now in different countries.
The overall aim of Rotary International is to try and tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, both locally and globally. The key to the Rotary club is service. Rotary International has helped a wide range of international and service organisations—from the UN to Easter Seals—get started. With the purposes of service and doing good in the world, the Rotary clubs internationally continue to try and do this to this day. Many clubs focus largely on fundraising, raising money for both local and global needs and helping in this way, as well as often holding events which serve those in the community.