Paul Harris
Paul P. Harris
The four founding fathers of Rotary.
The four founding fathers of Rotary.

The Rotary movement was born on February 23,1905, when four men gathered in Chicago to hear the ideas of attorney Paul P. Harris about uniting representatives of each vocation in personal fellowship and community service. The name “Rotary” was chosen because meetings were to be held in rotation at members’ places of business. By 1910 there were sixteen clubs scattered across the country which justified holding the first national convention. The next year Rotary became international as clubs began to be established in Canada and Great Britain. Today there are more than 31,000 clubs worldwide with 1.2 million members.