Chicago attorney Paul Harris organized the first Rotary meeting on 23
February, leading to formation of the Rotary Club of Chicago.
Rotary Club of Chicago provides a public toilet outside City Hall,
Rotarys first community service project.
Paul Harris elected first president of National Association of Rotary
Clubs at the first Rotary Convention.
Clubs formed in Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland; organization changes
to International Association of Rotary Clubs.
Club chartered in Cuba, the first non-English-speaking Rotary country.
President Arch Klumph proposes establishing an endowment fund, precursor
to the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club Chartered on February 18.
Rotary conference in London on education and cultural exchange sets
stage for UNESCO.
Forty-nine Rotarians help draft the UN charger.
Founder Paul Harris dies in Chicago: outpouring of funds from Rotarians
used to establish fellowship program.
First 18 Rotary Fellows study abroad, a precursor of Ambassadorial
First Interact Club formed in Melbourne, Florida, USA. World
Community Service program Launched.
Special Grants (now Matching Grants) and Group Study Exchange program
Rotaract program launched.
Foundation grant to immunized six million Philippine children against
polio sets stage for PolioPlus.
Rotary launches PolioPlus program and campaign to raise US$120,000,000.
to immunize all the children of the world.
Rotary Village Corps program (now Rotary Community Corps) established.
Through the PolioPlus campaign, Rotarians raise US$247,000,000.
First women join Rotary. Rotary returns to Hungary and Poland.
Western Hemisphere declared polio-free.
Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict
Western Pacific region declared Polio-free.
Rotary launches a second polio eradication fundraising campaign to help
fill a critical funding need. Rotarians raise over US$129,000,000. *
Clubs celebrate Rotarys centennial by launching hundreds of
Centennial Community Projects and contributing thousands of volunteer
*By the time the
world is certified polio-free, Rotarys contributions to the global
polio eradication effort will exceed US$600,000,000."