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“WHATEVER ROTARY MAY MEAN TO US, TO THE WORLD IT WILL BE KNOWN BY THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES.”

—PAUL P. HARRIS

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
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An innovator with impact

Rotary’s latest alumni award honoree, Gaetano Scamarcio, pursues scientific and societal progress

Arbor daze: The therapeutic benefits of forest bathing

Awash in woodland wonder, a skeptical writer acknowledges the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing.

The playmaker

As an avid sports fan, President Stephanie Urchick is well-positioned to light the lamp, clear the bases, and split the uprights. Whatever the sports metaphor, she’s destined to keep Rotary in the winner’s circle

Combating loneliness around the globe

Rotary clubs launch initiatives for community well-being

Second woman takes office as president of Rotary International

Second woman takes office as president of Rotary InternationalOne-year term will prioritize adapting to changing times and advancing peaceEVANSTON, Ill., USA – 25

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