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Is it the Truth?

Is it Fair to All Concerned?

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Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia promotes ethical awareness and integrity, emphasizes the dignity of all job occupations and professions, reaches out to those in need in our city, supports and encourages younger people in Rotary ideals through our Rotaract and Interact clubs, and works to advance international goodwill and peace. The Philadelphia Rotary fosters strong fellowship and friendships among its cadre of business, community and professional leaders.

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Members Marva and Joe joined other volunteers to help assemble Thanksgiving dinner food boxes for patient’s families at St. Christopher Children’s Hospital. The patients whom the hospital serves live in the neighborhood that is classified as the most food deprived neighborhood in Philadelphian. Families typically show up hours before the boxes are distributed to make sure they get their very own dinner items to prepare for a healthy meal for which they are very thankful. ... See MoreSee Less

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Stacy Hughes Becomes Philadelphia Rotary Club’s 4th Peace Fellowship Winner

On November 7, 2017 Rotary International announced that Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Stacy Hughes has been awarded a prestigious fully-subsidized Rotary Peace Fellowship. The Rotary Club of Philadelphia and Rotary District 7450 sponsored Stacey’s bid to be included in this “world class” of Rotary Peace Fellows.

On January 6, 2018, Stacy will begin her three month certification program at Chulalongkorn University (the Harvard of the East) in Bangkok. During this training, she and her 99 Peace Fellows from 34 countries will explore innovative approaches to violence prevention and to peace building. Stacy’s supervisory role in the District Attorney’s office also offers the opportunity for her to share the approaches she learns with her colleagues in Philadelphia.

The application process involved completing demanding paperwork including personal/career essays followed by intensive vetting by area Rotary leaders and then Rotary International’s judging panel viewing all highly qualified international candidates.

“I am simply delighted by this outcome,” said Joseph Batory, a member of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia and the chairperson of the Peace Fellowship candidate search in the Philadelphia area. “Stacy is obviously a very competent attorney with a high intellect but what impressed our area Rotary leaders the most was her open mind and her passion and desire to search for innovative and other strategic ways to address violence and crime prevention. That is what this Rotary International program is all about ”creating change agents to improve our world.”

Stacy joins fellow Philadelphia Peace Fellows Captain D F Pace and Lieutenant Lamonte Adams from the Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Erin Boyle. Captain Pace was the recent subject of an eight page story in the Rotary International magazine.

“It is doubtful that any other city or any other Rotary Club worldwide has had four Rotary International Peace Fellowship awardees in this highly competitive and rigorous competition.” This affirms the exceptional quality of Philadelphia law enforcement officials who work to create justice and peace on a daily basis.” said Batory. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to Marva Haye, our newest member. Marva is a kind and caring person who chose the title “Humanitarian” to identify her chosen vocation. She has a rich and varied career including working for many years as a Paralegal with the US Postal Service, owning a restaurant and catering company. She has also worked on projects with a local Rotary club in her native homeland of Jamaica, where a Family member is a Rotarian. She said that she is looking forward to making new friends and helping others through Rotary. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary Club of PhiladelphiaCongrats marva. Welcome to our club

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Kurtis StroemelWelcome Marva!! We're excited that you chose to join our club!

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William ThomasCongrats and welcome to our club.

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We enjoyed an informative and timely presentation today on food as medicine. Check out this video. ... See MoreSee Less

Please join us this Thursday at The Union League to hear from Ramona Fasula. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Stress Management Coach, and owner of Wellness by Ramona. She is extremely passionate about health and wellness and has dedicated her life to helping others enjoy a better quality of life. She teaches her clients how to make diet and lifestyle changes that will have a positive impact on their health and well-being. Ramona is a first-time author of “A Health Coach’s Guide to Heart Health”, which is available on Amazon. Her new line of healthy living ebooks on topics ranging from understanding sugar to healthy food shopping is also available ... See MoreSee Less

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Membership Options

We have 3 membership tiers to choose from. The prices shown are ANNUAL dues costs that can be paid semi annually or monthly.

Full Membership

$1020

  • Thursday Lunches at the Union League
  • Fellowship Meetings
  • Service Opportunities
  • Rotary Newsletter
  • Exclusive Rotary Events
  • Rotary Networking

A la Carte Membership

$540

  • "Pay as you go" lunches at the Union League
  • Fellowship Meetings
  • Service Opportunities
  • Rotary Newsletter
  • Exclusive Rotary Events
  • Rotary Networking

Happy Hour Club

$300

  • Happy Hour Club membership. Meet bi-weekly at various locations for happy hour!
  • Fellowship Meetings
  • Service Opportunities
  • Rotary Newsletter
  • Exclusive Rotary Events
  • Rotary Networking

About us

Our History

Founded in 1912, of the 34,000 Rotary Clubs in the world, the Rotary Club of Philadelphia was the 19th to be chartered. The Rotary Club of Philadelphia has been the home to two Rotary International Presidents – Glenn Mead (1912-13) and Guy Gundaker (1923-24). Current member Lynmar Brock has served as a past Director of Rotary International. Many of the Rotary clubs in the Greater Philadelphia area can trace their roots back to the Rotary Club of Philadelphia as their “mother” club.

Since the late 1980's, Rotarians from around the world have contributed millions of dollars toward the eradication of polio worldwide.  Rotary International has built powerful partnerships around the world in its effort to eliminate polio. Additionally, many hundreds of Rotary members have also traveled internationally to assist with immunization efforts.  In the past 25+ years, two billion children have now been immunized against polio and the disease is 99% eliminated.    Polio remains active only in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has offered this summary of Rotary’s polio eradication effort: “Rotary has accomplished so much in the face of extraordinary challenges. It has met financial goals, and overcome conflict and lack of security in many countries, and conquered cultural barriers. ... When the final chapter on polio eradication is finally written, it will tell of one of the most spectacular success stories ever in public health and highlight Rotary’s remarkable service to humanity.”

Our Goals

Our Vision Statement: The Rotary Club of Philadelphia focuses its outreach on those in need and those less fortunate primarily in its community but also via international activity. Our goal is to be among Greater Philadelphia’s most active service organizations through projects and/or funding which improve lives.

Our Mission Statement: The Rotary Club of Philadelphia promotes ethical awareness and integrity, emphasizes the dignity of all job occupations and professions, supports and encourages younger people in Rotary ideals through our Rotaract and Interact clubs, and works to advance international goodwill and peace. The Philadelphia Rotary fosters strong fellowship and friendships among its cadre of business, community and professional leaders.

Our Signature Programs

Literacy

Rotary Club of Philadelphia members have purchased and then distributed more than 16,000 dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and library books onsite to children at 20+ schools in Philadelphia during the past six years. And we have given financial support to three other literacy initiatives for city children during the 2015-2016 school year.

Youth Partners

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia is proud to be the sponsor of five Rotary youth partnership organizations---two Rotaract groups (ages 18-30), one at Drexel and the other at Penn; two Interact Clubs for ages 12-18, one at West Catholic Prep and the other at Global Leadership Academy; and one EarlyAct Club for elementary age students at the Andrew Jackson School.

Rotary Foundation Outreach

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia has its own Foundation which has annually been awarding more than $30,000.00 to worthy/needy groups and organizations in Philadelphia and beyond.

Why Choose Us?

The spirit of Rotary has always been friendship and fellowship that results from a collective view that we all should serve and give back to others. We paint, drink, dine, go to ball games, and much more on a regular basis with our diverse group of professionals, educators, non-profiteers, and good Samaritans.

That Rotary network of clubs today includes 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries. Internationally, Rotary provides the largest independently funded scholarship program in the world. Rotary’s efforts also promote health and literacy, reduce poverty and hunger, fight pollution, assist in disaster situations, and attempt to build peace and goodwill internationally. The many positive global impacts of Rotary have been and continue to be staggering. You'll have good company where ever you go with a Rotary Club nearby.

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia has its own Foundation which has annually been awarding more than $30,000.00 to worthy/needy groups and organizations in Philadelphia and beyond.

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia is proud to be the sponsor of five Rotary youth partnership organizations---two Rotaract groups (ages 18-30), one at Drexel and the other at Penn; two Interact Clubs for ages 12-18, one at West Catholic Prep and the other at Global Leadership Academy; and one EarlyAct Club for elementary age students at the Andrew Jackson School.

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia awards two Vocational Service Awards to two distinguished Philadelphia citizens every year.

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia has been a three year financial partner in support of a Global Grant initiative to reduce infant and maternal deaths in Uganda.

Current Leadership

Jeff Saperstein

President

Kurt Stroemel

President Elect

Matthew Tae

Past President

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Books donated

Over 3000

Fellowship Events

Over 100

Scholarships Given

Countless

Lives Affected

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Joe's Blog

Joe's Blog is authored by Joseph Batory. Joe Batory was superintendent of schools in the Upper Darby School District (PA) from 1984 until he retired in 1999.

During that lengthy tenure, Joe was cited by Executive Educator magazine and IBM systems as one of the Top 100 school leaders among the 300,000 school superintendents in North America. While Joe was Upper Darby’s superintendent, six of the 14 schools in Upper Darby won competitive national Blue Ribbons for educational excellence.

Joe also created an independent foundation which has celebrated topping $1.5 million, all of which has been given to Upper Darby teachers in mini-grants.

A strong proponent of music and the arts, Joe has also received the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association’s highest award. Joe is also the only top level school administrator in the Greater Philadelphia area to ever be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators.
A prolific writer, Joe is the author of three books on school leadership which have sold worldwide. And many of Joe’s articles on the politics of education have been published nationally.

Joe has been a Rotary member for more than 30 years. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia and led the Philadelphia Rotary during its centennial year celebration in 2010-11. For many years, Joe coordinated the rigorous process Rotary scholarship winners. With Joe’s mentoring and guidance, ten different Rotary scholars from the Philadelphia area have gone overseas to study. And Joe has coordinated and monitored the visits of 23 international Rotary scholarship recipients who have studied in the Philadelphia area (mostly at the University of Pennsylvania).

Happy 100 years PLUS! Anniversary

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                           Rotary Club of Philadelphia…More Than 100 Years of Making Good Things Happen! Of the…

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Women in Rotary

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Women have come a long way in the Rotary world By Joseph Batory, Times Guest…

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Eradicate Polio

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  Delaware County’s Daily Newspaper   April 28, 2014 Guest Column: Rotary’s mission: Eradicate polio By…

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West Catholic Interact Doing Good Stuff!

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The officers of the 2015-2016 West Catholic Prep Interact/Lasallian Club are shown above with Dan…

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Very Successful Rotary Community Peace Conference

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Philadelphia Rotarian Joan Batory (at left above) was one of the key organizers of a very…

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Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia Grants Touching Lives!

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The Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia, the charity arm of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, awarded…

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