What is Rotary?
Rotary International is an association of over 34,000 clubs located in over 200 countries and territories consisting of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to carry out humanitarian and educational projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and promote world understanding and peace. Rotary brings together leaders who step forward to take on some of the toughest challenges in their communities.
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Carlisle Rotary Club's Vision Statement:
A world class Rotary Club, mindful of public image, that recruits and retains quality members and leaders to be actively involved in transforming lives through the engagement of projects at the community, international, youth, and vocational level, meets in the most congenial setting possible, and whose every member contributes annually to the Rotary Foundation. "Service Above Self".
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Carlisle Rotary Club's Mission:
The Carlisle Rotary Club provides opportunities for service to the community and the world through a forum that fosters fellowship and fun.
How Rotary International Began:
February 23, 1905. The airplane had yet to stay aloft more than a few minutes. The first motion picture theater had not yet opened. Norway and Sweden were peacefully terminating their union. On this particular day, a Chicago lawyer, Paul P. Harris, called three friends to a meeting. What he had in mind was a club that would kindle fellowship among members of the business community. It was an idea that grew from his desire to find within the large city the kind of friendly spirit that he knew in the villages where he had grown up. The four businessmen didn't decide then and there to call themselves a Rotary club, but their get-together was, in fact, the first meeting of the world's first Rotary club. As they continued to meet, adding others to the group, they rotated their meetings among the members' places of business, hence the name. Soon after the club name was agreed upon, one of the new members suggested a wagon wheel design as the club emblem. It was the precursor of the familiar cogwheel emblem now worn by Rotarians around the world. By the end of 1905, the club had 30 members. The second Rotary club was formed in 1908 half a continent away from Chicago in San Francisco, California. It was a much shorter leap across San Francisco Bay to Oakland, California, where the third club was formed. Others followed in Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, California, and New York City, New York. Rotary became international in 1910 when a club was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. By 1921 the organization was represented on every continent, and the name Rotary International was adopted in 1922. The Rotary Club of Carlisle was chartered on May 1, 1921.