The Lebanon Rotary Club was organized and held its first meeting on April 5, 1921. It was chartered as Club Number 884 by Rotary International on April 26, 1921, just sixteen years after Rotary was founded by Paul Harris. Sponsored by the Reading Rotary Club, the Club began to promulgate the ideas of Rotary with twenty-five charter members. Today, it is part of Rotary International District 7390.

The Club established Tuesday at 6:00pm as its meeting time. Official meeting places have been Moyer's Restaurant, Crystal Restaurant, Hotel Weimer, Pushnick's Diner, The Quality Inn and Coleman Chapel. Currently, the Club meets at noon on Tuesdays at The Foundry Craft Grillery in the Worrilow Room on the 3rd floor of the Lebanon Farmer's Market.

The membership of the Club has been over 100 and has recently fluctuated between 30 and 40, with the current number holding at 44. The Lebanon Rotary Club has sponsored the Rotary Clubs of Myerstown, Palmyra, Annville, and Mt. Gretna (or Southern Lebanon County), and assisted in the formation of a Rotaract Club at Lebanon Valley College (2010) and an Interact Club at Lebanon High School (2012). The Club has provided four District Governors in Paul T. Gingrich (1953-54), Mark H. Tice (1958-59), Paul Dunkleberger (1975-76) and Albert A. Alley (1993-94).

From its inception, the Lebanon Rotary Club organized to provide service to the community. Although much service went directly to the people of need, other service has been provided through community campaigns and organizations such as Jonestown Orphan Home, The Good Samaritan Hospital, Pennsylvania Easter Seals Society, The Crippled Children's Society of Lebanon County, Camp Harmony Hall, The Boy Scouts of America, Camp Bashore, The United Way, Rotary Leadership Conference, Developmental and Disability Services of Lebanon Valley, Susan Byrnes Health Education Center and many others.

Through Rotary International, the Club has found a means to reach out to the world. Paul Harris Fellowships are prevalent in the Club's membership. Of special note is the Lebanon Rotary Club's strong support and participation in the Group Study Exchange and Polio-Plus Program.

The Lebanon Rotary Club is fulfilling its purpose; being of service to mankind and fostering world understanding and peace. The Club's history serves as an inspiration to Rotarians and as a foundation for the future.

Prepared by Paul C. Dunkleberger, PDG, August 15, 1988
Additional information added by Christopher Straka, March 2, 2010