Did you know that in 1905 a young lawyer – Paul Harris – founded the first Rotary club in Chicago? He invited a few business and professional men together to recapture the friendliness and camaraderie of the small-town life many of them had enjoyed.
The club was called “The Rotary Club” because members met in rotation at their various workplaces. Membership multiplied rapidly, and the second Rotary club was created in San Francisco in 1908. The first international Rotary club was organized in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1910. Rotary clubs now exist in over 200 countries and geographic areas. Although each club is unique in its culture, language, customs, and traditions, all 34,000 clubs operate in a similar manner. Every Rotarian is welcome to visit any and all of them!
Rotary International World Headquarters is located in Evanston, Illinois. Yes, we are big and complex. But we are also a bottoms-up organization. When you shake the hand of one Rotarian, you are shaking the hands of more than 1.2 million other Rotarians, all working to join leaders, exchange ideas, and take action to enrich youth, ensure health, build communities, and promote peace and world understanding.
If you are interested in changing the world, networking with community leaders, and having fun, we invite you to see what Rotary is all about by attending one of our weekly meetings. The Rotary Club of Winnfield meets every Wednesday at Noon at Lynda’s Country Kitchen in Winnfield, LA. I promise that there will be absolutely no obligation to join. We would like you to share our enjoyment of Rotary, increase your understanding and, help you decide whether Rotary is right for you.
Contact me via email (put ROTARY in the subject line) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 832-573-5085. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours in service,
Rotary Club of Winnfield