Definition of 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.
 
 
There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians, members of more than 29,000 Rotary clubs in 161 countries.  
 
A brief history
Rotary's first day and the years that followed...
 
February 23, 1905. The airplane had yet to stay aloft more than a few minutes. The first motion picture theater had not yet opened. Norway and Sweden were peacefully terminating their union. On this particular day, a Chicago lawyer, Paul P. Harris, called three friends to a meeting. What he had in mind was a club that would kindle fellowship among members of the business community. It was an idea that grew from his desire to find within the large city the kind of friendly spirit that he knew in the villages where he had grown up.
 
The four businessmen didn't decide then and there to call themselves a Rotary club, but their get-together was, in fact, the first meeting of the world's first Rotary club. As they continued to meet, adding others to the group, they rotated their meetings among the members' places of business, hence the name. Soon after the club name was agreed upon, one of the new members suggested a wagon wheel design as the club emblem. It was the precursor of the familiar cogwheel emblem now worn by Rotarians around the world. By the end of 1905, the club had 30 members.
 
The second Rotary club was formed in 1908 half a continent away from Chicago in San Francisco, California. It was a much shorter leap across San Francisco Bay to Oakland, California, where the third club was formed. Others followed in Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, California, and New York City, New York. Rotary became international in 1910 when a club was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. By 1921 the organization was represented on every continent, and the name Rotary International was adopted in 1922.
 
McMurray Rotary Club History
 
The McMurray Rotary Club was formed by an active group of young business leaders in 1965.  The Club serves the Peters Township area through the postal address of McMurray, which is a portion of the township named after the original family who settled in our area.
 
Our Club Charter
 
 
Over the years our Club has evolved with Peters Township, which has grown from an old, but sparsely populated rural/exurban community of a few thousand people in 1965, to over 23,000 people today.  Our members represent all segments of township society, professionals, business owners, managers, government officials, old, young, men and women - all of whom share the desire to help improve the lifes of our fellow citizens - around the world!
 
 
McMurray Rotary Club Charter Members
Original Charter June 15, 1965
 
Bennard C. Benson
Dr. Mark Berkley
Rev. Wesley E. Blaha
Ralph R. Campbell, Jr.
James R. Dono
Lee C Doty
William E. Holt Sr.
Louis J. Kairy
William H. Kittrell
Jack A. McGrew
John Opeka
Paul R. Owens
Jacque Price
J. Edward Ricart
Harry G. Soles
Arthur C. Schwotzer
Richard K. Taylor
Henry F. Teichnenn
George C. Thornburg
J. Russell Wylie
Thomas R. Donnelly
Jerry Veeck
Irving J. Suttin
Peter M. Bobick