Around twenty members gathered at the Highland Society last Thursday to celebrate Rotary's 116th Birthday. It was on February 23rd, 1905 that Paul Harris gathered with three other friends in the Unity Building in Chicago and decided to enjoy each other's company and do some good in the world. More pix and info by clicking, "Read more..."
The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, United States, at Harris's friend Gustave Loehr's office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905.[3] In addition to Harris and Loehr (a mining engineer and freemason[4]), Silvester Schiele (a coal merchant), and Hiram E. Shorey (a tailor) were the other two who attended this first meeting. The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place. (Wikipedia)