Rotary Milestones

1905    First Rotary club was organized in Chicago, Illinois, USA
1910    First Rotary convention held in Chicago, Ill
1916    First non-English speaking Rotary club was formed in Havana, Cuba
1917    Endowment fund, forerunner of The Rotary Foundation, established
1922    Rotary adopted the name “Rotary International”
1932    Four-way Test formulated by Chicago Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor
1945    49 Rotarians help draft United Nations Charter in San Francisco
1947    Rotary founder Paul Harris dies; first 18 Rotary Foundation scholarships granted
1957    Rotary established the Paul Harris Fellows recognition for contributions of $1000 or more to The Rotary Foundation
1962    First Interact club formed in Melbourne, Florida, USA
1965    Rotary Foundation launches Matching Grants and Group Study Exchange Programs
1968    First Rotaract club was formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
1978    Rotary International’s largest convention, 39,834 registrants, held in Tokyo
1985    Rotary announces Polio Plus program to immunize all the children of the world against Polio
1989    Council on Legislation agreed that “Service About Self” be the principal motto by Rotary International; and opened the Rotary membership to women worldwide
1995    First Rotary club in Mongolia was chartered (Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar)
2001    30,000th Rotary club chartered
2003    Rotarians raise more than US$118 million to support the final stages of polio eradication
2005    Rotary celebrates 100th Anniversary
2006    Polio reduced to four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Polio cases worldwide have dropped by 99 percent since 1985
2007    The Rotary Foundation recognizes the millionth Paul Harris Fellow
2008    Rotary receives a US$100 million grant from the Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio
2009    Rotary receives a US$255 million grant for polio eradication from the Gates Foundation


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