The Rotary Club of Cleveland...
Service, Networking, Fellowship, Speakers
Rotary, founded in 1905, is an international association of more than 1.2 million business and professional leaders in over 200 countries and geographical areas who provide humanitarian service, promote ethical standards, and help build good will and peace in the world.
Rotary International conducts the world's largest private scholarship program, people-to-people, business-to-business and youth exchange programs and is a major force in the worldwide fight against polio and other childhood diseases. Locally, the Rotary Club of Cleveland is an active contributor and supporter of community, youth and vocational endeavors including: Cleveland Foodbank, Inc., Achievement Centers for Children, Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, College NOW Greater Cleveland, The Old Stone Foundation Education Center, a Cub Scout Pack for undeserved youth and the 2010 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival legacy program Project YESS (Youth Empowered to Succeed through Sailing).
The Rotary Club of Cleveland meets each Thursday, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at Windows on the River, Powerhouse, Nautica Entertainment Complex, 2000 Sycamore, Cleveland, OH 44113. The Club's weekly luncheon speakers address timely topics that can stimulate members to travel unfrequented channels of thought. Our speakers offer you the opportunity to become familiar with a wide range of topics that are relevant to our daily lives as well as become acquainted with outstanding members of the community. By attending meetings you will not only enjoy the fellowship of Rotary but you will gain invaluable insight on current issues and perspectives from speakers who are accomplished and who enjoy wide recognition.
Candidates for membership must be sponsored by a current member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. If a prospective member does not have a sponsor, appropriate introductions will be made on their behalf. Rotary admits members based on their business or profession, utilizing membership classifications to limit the number of members from any particular occupation. If the Membership Classification Committee makes a positive recommendation, the person's application is taken to the Club's Board of Trustees for approval. If approved by the Board the name of the candidate is published in the Club's weekly publication for review by the membership, and after 10 business days the candidate becomes a member in good standing after paying initiation fees and dues. If you are interested in learning more about membership in the Rotary Club of Cleveland please go to the Contact Us portion of the website and complete the form or call 216-556-8637. The new member application form can also be downloaded by clicking here and sent in using the instructions found in the document.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland - A Brief History
The Rotary Club of Cleveland was founded in 1910, the 18th Rotary Club to be chartered, and is one over 34,000 Rotary Clubs located in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The Rotary Club of Cleveland, like all Rotary clubs, is a group of business, professional and community leaders, men and women, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will and peace in the world. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self". All Rotary Clubs are members of Rotary International which celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 2005 and the Rotary Club of Cleveland celebrated its own centennial anniversary in 2010-2011.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland has a strong tradition of "Service Above Self". For over 40 years they have sponsored the Medal of Valor Day which honors Police, Fire, and EMS personnel for their heroic efforts; the 35th Annual Thesmacher High School Recognition Day/New Generations Conference which recognizes the top graduating seniors from each Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) High School and engages them in a discussion of current issues from their perspectives with community and business leaders as facilitators; and the Annual Business Leadership Awards which recognizes companies who are outstanding in Training and Development, Quality Service, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, and Community Service. They have maintained the West 25th Street Rapid site for over 35 years, hold regularly scheduled Blood Donor Days, were instrumental in founding of the Crippled Children's Society (now the Achievement Centers for Children).
The Rotary Club of Cleveland provides holiday presents for the children of teenage mothers enrolled in the Old Stone Foundation Education Center, provides scholarships through the College NOW Greater Cleveland to 4 Cleveland seniors each year, sends 5-7 CMSD juniors to a 5-day Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp at Hiram College, and presents Vocational Service Awards of Excellence to students at Cleveland State University. Visit our Rotary Plaza directly across from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum which is dedicated to the humanitarian work of Rotarians worldwide.
Internationally, the club has been involved in humanitarian projects in Laos, Mexico, Pakistan, Uganda, and Indonesia and recently was instrumental in the development of a pediatric surgical unit in Nairobi, Kenya and has provided support to medical missions to India led by the Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO). The Rotary Club of Cleveland provides ongoing support to Rotary International's initiative to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth and its International Service Committee was just awarded a matching grant by the Rotary Foundation to provide water and sanitation to 5 villages in India.
Projects are managed through the Club's Community, Vocational, Youth, and International Service Committees and financed through the Cleveland Rotary Foundation. Membership includes current and retired leaders from business, education, religious, and non-profit entities.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland has grown from the handful of founders in 1910 to a strong and vibrant organization of business and professional leaders - dedicated men and women who are committed to the ideals of Rotary.
For more information about Rotary International go to www.rotary.org.
For more information about Rotary International District 6630 representing Rotary Clubs throughout Northeast Ohio go to www.rotarydistrict6630.com.