The Rotary Club of New York is enjoying its 99th year, as it prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2009.
New York’s Rotarians came together just a few years after the formation of the original service club in Chicago in 1905. Like their fellow members and sister clubs worldwide – 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in more than 172 countries – New York’s club has a rich history of civic-minded executives and professionals, pooling their skills and talents to make the City a better place and to experience fellowship and networking their many shared activities and events.
The ‘Rotary’ name originated when early members rotated club meetings to each members’ office from week to week.
The International Rotarian community sponsors world peace studies, assists toward solutions to numerous pressing global issues, provides funding and hands-on aid for people and communities in need everywhere and anywhere. They are perhaps best known for contributing to the creation of the United Nations and toward the eradication of polio, immunizing nearly two billion children worldwide.