The History of Rotary International

The international rotary is one of the best service delivery clubs which was started in 1905 by Paul Harris. It started when he asked himself, what is my purpose in life. It got its rotary name from the fact that it used to rotate its meetings from each member’s office to another. Just is one decade, the rotary’s population had spread to nearly the whole of America. By 1021, there were several rotary clubs in six continents which resulted in its name being called Rotary International in 1923.


As it grew over the years, it got to expand its mission. Instead of just fixing its services to the professionals and the social interest of the club members, it went ahead to put its resources in helping the needs of the society as a whole. The organization dedicates itself to dealing with the interest of the people regardless of the class. This was when it started to move with the motto of ‘service above self.’ It also came up with a code of ethics which was known as ‘the 4-Way Test’ which have been translated into many languages today.


During the Second World War and even after the war, the Rotary committed to helping in enhancing understanding among nations. Over the years, rotary international have been sending for representatives during the United Nations charter meetings. In 1928, the rotary came up with an endorsement fund meant to do good to humanity without expecting any profit. When the founder died in 1947, there were many contributions to the organization in his honor which was used to come up with the rotary’s first program called the graduate fellowship. The program is today called the ambassador’s scholarship. It is this program that developed to the capacity of offering education scholarship to a good number of humans in the whole world.


In 1985, the rotary became the first organization which offered free immunization of polio in children in partnership with other non-profit organization. By 2005, the rotary had contributed a half a billion towards polio eradication in the world. As at the 21st century, the organization has committed a lot in ensuring that human problems like hunger, illiteracy and other issues are solved.