first rotarians
Did you know that the very first Rotary Club in 1905 had no dues? Instead, they agreed that all club expenses would be paid from $.50 fines. In today's dollar, that fine would be just over $13. By 1915 Rotary International was on the verge of bankruptcy and it's then President Frank Mulholland suggested every Rotarian contribute $1 (just over $24 today), and hence the concept of annual dues was born. That $1 raised enough funds to make the organization whole, and thanks to the institution of dues RI has not suffered financially since.
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