For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope.
It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members. Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.
Our ongoing commitment
Rotary members have not only been present for major events in history — we’ve also been a part of them. Three key traits have remained strong throughout our history:
- We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today, members in nearly every country work to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
- We persevere in tough times. During World War II, Rotary clubs in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally, and after the war, Rotary members came together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
- We’re committed to service, and we’re not afraid to dream big and set bold goals. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, polio remains endemic in only two countries — down from 125 in 1988.
North Mason Rotary is a proud member of this community of Rotarians. Based in Belfair, Washington and part of Rotary District 5020, we meet every Thursday at 12:00 Noon, with fellowship gathering at 11:45 AM. Our meetings are currently held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles – #4226 / 80 NE Alder Creek Ln /Belfair, WA 98528 and are open to the public. We not only encourage you to come meet us and personally invite you to attend one of our meeting. Have lunch with us. The staff at the Fraternal Order of Eagles serve hot lunch for less than $5 and the fellowship you will find here is contagious.
More information can be found at the Rotary District 5020 web site.