Scottsdale Rotary celebrates ‘spirit’ of Founder Paul Harris

Paul Harris Day with Rotary Club of Scottsdale members meeting at Scottsdale Community College. Rotarian Dr. Jan Gehler hosted the event.

Paul Harris Day with Rotary Club of Scottsdale members meeting at Scottsdale Community College. Rotarian Dr. Jan Gehler hosted the event.

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale holds two Paul Harris Days each year — one in the fall and one in the spring.

The day provides an opportunity for club members to learn more about each other by gathering in small groups, in member’s offices or other locations, just as Rotary International’s founders did a century ago.

“Rotating” between member’s offices is actually how the name Rotary was established. On Feb. 23, 1905, Paul Harris and three friends gathered for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.

Rotary International’s original members, with Paul Harris, founder, pictured on right.

Rotary International’s original members, with Paul Harris, founder, pictured on right.

Mr. Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates grew into an international network of 1.2 million volunteers who work to improve health, alleviate poverty, and promote peace.

Learn more about the founders of Rotary at www.rotary.org. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations, visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.

Visitors are welcome. Call 480-945-6158.

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