Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.
Formed on February 23, 1905, in Chicago, Illinois, Rotary was founded by Paul Harris, an attorney, wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in small towns during his youth.
Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
There are over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
The Rotary Club of Marietta was chartered on March 1, 1921 with 25 members. With the assistance of the Zanesville Rotary Club, this club began meeting weekly and today still continues to meet at noon on Thursday. This club is the 10th largest in our district which encompasses southeastern Ohio. Some of the club’s more visible community projects include the bus stop at the county courthouse, the installation of historic markers at local landmarks, and the Centennial Plaza at the entrance to the bike path, which was a joint project of this club and the Marietta Morning Rotary Club. Serving youth happens each year through Safetytown and our Scholarship Programs.