Rotary Club of Reading

History

Rotary began in Chicago in 1905 and 17 years later the Reading club was formed. Rotary has been operating for over a century. It is a worldwide organisation of business and professional men and women united to help those in need, to encourage high ethical standards in all walks of life, and to work towards world understanding and peace.

Rotary has more than 1 million members, men and women, belonging to some 30,000 Rotary Clubs in over 150 countries.

Every Rotary club meets weekly and each member pledges to attend their own or another club regularly. It is through regular contact that active service locally, regionally, or internationally is achieved, and friends are made.

Rotary runs the biggest non-governmental educational scheme in the world through the Rotary Foundation. It provides grants and scholarships for young people to visit and study in other counties. Rotary Foundation's most ambitious humanitarian programme to date has been Polio Plus, a campaign to help the World Health Organisation and UNICEF to immunise the world's children against Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Tetnus, and Tuberculosis.