Rotary Club of Scottsdale returns to international club’s roots

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale holds two Paul Harris Days each year at multiple meeting sites — recreating history and returning to the reasons Rotary was initially founded over 100 years ago.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale

Rotarians at meeting hosted by member, Dr. Jan Gehler, president of Scottsdale Community College. The photo on the white board is of Rotary Founder Paul Harris.

Meetings are held – one in the fall and one in the spring. The day is an excellent opportunity for club members to learn more about each other by gathering in small groups, in member’s offices or other locations, just as the club’s founders did a century ago.

“Rotating” between member’s offices is actually how the name Rotary was established.

Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, was the founder of Rotary, the world’s first and most international service club. On Feb. 23, 1905, Paul Harris formed the first club with three other businessmen in Chicago, Ill.

Through Paul Harris’s vision of service and fellowship, Rotary membership has grown worldwide to now 30,000 clubs in 161 countries with over 1.2 million members.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations, visit

Visitors to club meetings are welcome. Call 480-945-6158.

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