by Kevin Walsh

Rotary International bills itself as an organization dedicated “to bring[ing] together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.” The service organization was founded by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1905. Though I had thought the name had something to do with the motor industry, the name came about simply because club meetings “rotated” between members’ offices before the club got larger and expanded to other cities, and meetings were held in rented offices in each city. After the organization formed clubs in Ireland and Canada, its name became the International Association of Rotary Clubs, and then to Rotary International in 1922. By the mid-2000s, Rotary International numbered over a million members in 200 countries. Rotary did not become “co-ed” until the 1980s.

The sign advertising local Rotary Club meetings can be found in the western median of Woodhaven Boulevard at Jamaica Avenue, facing north. The local club meets at Prima Pasta & Cafe, 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, several miles to the south.

Elsewhere around town, you’ll find signs advertising meetings of other service organizations, The Lions Club and Kiwanis.

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Peter June 9, 2021 - 12:00 am

Just out of curiosity, I looked into how people can join the club, and it turns out to be an involved process with an interview, being invited to a meeting as a guest, and hoping that you’ll actually get an invitation. What, do they think they’re a college frat or something? Not to mention that in the NY area at least, joining costs a $500 initiation fee and then $785 a year.

George Cassidy June 12, 2021 - 8:25 am

Slow news day. Stay tuned for a dog and a hydrant on Metropolitan Avenue.

Kevin Walsh June 12, 2021 - 3:10 pm

Feel free to post whatever you believe to be interesting. After 22 years and over 4300 posts, people seem to like the website.

Tom M June 13, 2021 - 7:27 am

Keep up the good work, Kevin. Love the website.

Ron S June 13, 2021 - 9:26 am

Ignore idiotic negative comments. This website has more interest and meaning to more people than you can imagine. Keep “forgottening”

Tal Barzilai June 15, 2021 - 5:17 pm

In all honesty, I barely knew what this club was known for until I read this, and I might have seen a sign like this where I live in the past.


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