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The Rotary Club was the brainchild of Chicagoan visionary Paul Harris. The attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago, the world’s first service club, in 1905 with business acquaintances Gustave Loehr, Silvester Schiele and Hiram E. Shorey, to unite business and professional leaders worldwide in providing humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and foster goodwill and world peace. “Rotary” was so named because weekly club meetings were initially rotated between the founding members’ offices.


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