Happy birthday to Rotary International

A stamp issued in the Philippines to commemorate RI's 50th anniversary.
A stamp issued in the Philippines to commemorate RI’s 50th anniversary.

This week marks 110 years since Paul P. Harris (1868-1947) and a group of business friends in Chicago founded Rotary.

For those of you into playing trivia, the other original Rotarians were Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele and Hiram E. Shorey.

The quartet gathered in Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.Today, RI has grown to more than 1,200,000 members worldwide, spreading the message of “Service above self.”


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