About Our Club


The Founding of the Rotary Club of Keene

The Keene Rotary Club was organized in November 1922, and chartered by Rotary International in January 1923, as Club #1326.  Keene Rotary is part of District 7870, which includes part of New Hampshire and part of Vermont.


The Keene Rotary Club is governed by the club officers and board of directors, with various committees carrying out the work of the club.  Each of the committees is grouped under one of four possible headings or avenues of service.



Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.

Rotary International's purpose:
business and professional people united worldwide to provide  ~

Humanitarian Service
New Generations Service
Encouragement of High Ethical Standards
Helping Build Goodwill and Peace Among Nations

Objective of Rotary

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy  enterprise Rotary, in particular, encourages and fosters:

  • First ~ the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • Second ~ high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • Third ~ the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • Fourth ~ the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.