Bay Area Rotary Club Info Page
What Is Rotary?
- ROTARY is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide, humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
- ROTARY is the world’s first service club. The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 23 February 1905.
- ROTARY is some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging to more than 28,000 Rotary clubs in virtually every nation in the world.
- ROTARIANS meet weekly for fellowship and interesting and informative programs dealing with topics of local and global importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-section of community representation.
- ROTARIANS plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch people’s lives in their local communities and our world community.
- ROTARY is The Rotary Foundation, which each year provides some US$90 million for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and humanitarian projects large and small that improve the quality of life for millions of people. Rotary is widely regarded as the world’s largest private provider of international educational scholarships.
The Object of Rotary
....is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
- SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
- THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life.
- FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Our Club's History
The Bay Area Rotary Club was formed in 1988 and chartered on February 16, 1989. The club was sponsored into Rotary International membership by the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club and began with 20 members, three of which remain active today. John Shreck, then owner of the House of Myrtlewood, served as Charter President from February 16, 1989 until June 30, 1990.
Over the years, we have grown to as many as 50 members and are currently made up of 35 varied professional people dedicated to the motto of "Service Above Self". Presently, our membership is comprised of 19 women and 16 men giving our club one of the highest ratios of female membership in Rotary International.