Young Chicago attorney, Paul Harris, met with a coal dealer, a mining engineer and a tailor in Chicago, Illinois on February 23, 1905 and formed the first Rotary Club [so named because the meetings were held in ROTATION at the member's place of business].
A national Rotary organization was formed in Chicago in 1910 at a convention of the 16 clubs then in existence.
In 1911, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Canada was admitted to the organization and Rotary became INTERNATIONAL in scope at that time. For more about Rotary International click here to visit the website.
On April 1, 1918, the Lancaster Rotary Club became Club Number 375 with 25 charter members. We currently have over 170 members. The Lancaster Club has been the sponsor of two Rotary Clubs, the Perry County Club in New Lexington in 1983 [now disbanded] and the Lancaster Sherman Club in 1985.
One cannot apply for membership in Rotary. You must be invited to become a member and you are "loaned" a classification which reflects your business or profession. Attendance at our weekly meetings is encouraged and expected.