Discover the history of Rotary International in France and around the world in this timeline, from its creation to the present day.
The Rotary Club of Chicago was founded on February 23 by a young lawyer, Paul Harris, and three friends.
1962 – 1968
Rotary International celebrates 100 years. Over the past 20 years, more than 2 billion children worldwide have been vaccinated against polio, as part of the PolioPlus program.
Partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers to double Rotary's polio eradication funding to $35 million a year for five years. Rotary accepts the challenge and launches the "End Polio: Make History Today" initiative.
Bill Gates' speech at the 2017 International Convention
Why Bill Gates Partners With Rotary To Eradicate Polio (Archive) (Forbes)
The status of Rotaractors is changing: they are now considered Rotarians.
It's a major sign of recognition for all the work they've done.