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Rotary is an opportunity to build lifelong friendships and experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to others. An organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, Rotary provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and builds goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of St. Cloud was founded in 1925, and was among the first 10% of Rotary Clubs worldwide.

To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
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 by each Rotarian of his or her 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.
The world's first service club, Rotary began with the formation of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, on February 23, 1905. The club was started by a young lawyer, Paul P. Harris, and three of his friends. He wished to recapture the friendly spirit he had felt among business people in the small town where he had grown up. Their weekly meetings "rotated" among their offices, providing the new service club with its name. Today, Rotary flourishes with some 27,000 clubs and 1.2 million men and women as club members, providing community service in virtually every nation of the world.

The Rotary Club of St. Cloud was established on April 27, 1925 by 22 charter members from St. Cloud who labored for two years to establish the organization. The Rotary Club of St. Cloud was the 2007th club formed in the world-which today makes it among the oldest 5% of continuously operating clubs anywhere.
For a list of current Officers for St. Cloud Rotary Club, click here.