Attorney Paul P. Harris founded the Rotary Club of Chicago on February 23, 1905 as a means by which like-minded professionals could form friendships, exchange ideas and serve their communities. The number of clubs grew and evolved into the National Association of Rotary Clubs, which became Rotary International in 1922.
By 1925 there were 2,000 clubs with over 100,000 members on six continents. Members have served as prime ministers, U.S. senators and presidents. Today, Rotary International provides support to Rotary Clubs all over the world and develops initiatives, organizes campaigns, and coordinates international programs while continuing to work toward its goal of bringing positive changes to the lives of people throughout the world.