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The first Rotary Club in the world was organized by Paul P. Harris, a young lawyer, on February 23, 1905, in Chicago, with the object of encouraging and fostering the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. From its humble birth, Rotary quickly found appeal to business men in countries outside the United States, while it continued to develop and expand within the United States of America.
In 1910, Rotary spread to Canada, and in 1911-12 to England, Ireland and Scotland, in 1916-18 to Cuba and Puerto Rico, and in 1919 to the Philippines.
It seems only fitting that in 1939, twenty years after Rotary had spread to the Philippines, that on 8 June 1939, Justice Jose M. Flores and C.C. Butler, two prominent businessmen of Guam, met with Carlos P. Romulo, director and Past Vice-President of Rotary International on his way from the Philippines to the Rotary International Convention in Cleveland, Ohio to make a preliminary survey of the possibilities for organizing a Rotary Club on Guam. This was after preliminary inquiries had been made with local business leaders in 1938, as to whether there would be an interest in establishing a Rotary Club on Guam.
On 30 August 1939, the Rotary Club of Guam was admitted as a member of Rotary International as Club No. 5105, and the original Charter was issued and signed by Walter D. Head, President of Rotary International and Chester R. Perry, Secretary of Rotary International, on that date.
Currently on Guam, there are 5 Rotary clubs: Rotary Club of Guam, Rotary Club of Tumon Bay, Rotary Club of Northern Guam, Sunrise, and the E-Club (Rotary Club of Pago Bay).
Rotary also features clubs in high schools that go out to provide services to the communities (a.k.a. Interact Clubs).
Rotary clubs on Guam have about 300 members collectively and belong to the Pacific Basin Group, which includes clubs from Micronesia.
Rotary’s core values are Truth, Fairness, and working towards building Goodwill and the Betterment for all concerned.
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Meetings every Thursday at 12pm in the Marriott Hotel's View Room in Tumon, Guam