Our Credo

Is it the Truth?

Is it Fair to All Concerned?

Will it Build Good Will and Better Friendships?

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.

More Than 105 Years of Making Good Things Happen!
• Of the 34,000 Rotary Clubs in the world, the Rotary Club of Philadelphia was the 19th to be chartered.
That Rotary network of clubs today includes 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries. The Rotary Club of Philadelphia’s more than 100 years of excellence in volunteerism and caring as well as funding community projects continues to generate meaningful initiatives for those in need.
• The Rotary Club of Philadelphia distributions of more than 20,000 thesauruses, dictionaries, atlases and library books just in the past eight years have touched the lives of many thousands of Philadelphia school children at more than 25 city schools.
• The Rotary Club of Philadelphia sponsors the Philadelphia Rotaract Club at the University of Pennsylvania and the Drexel University Rotaract Club (Ages 18-30). Both clubs are composed mostly of university students who engage in community service outreach.
• The West Catholic Prep Interact Club is a high school partner organization sponsored by the Rotary Club of Philadelphia. This club completed six service activities this past year and received recognition from Rotary International. The Philadelphia Rotary also been sending students from West Catholic Prep to the weekend long Rotary Leadership Training (RYLA) in each of the past three years.
• The Philadelphia Rotary is in the process of establishing an Early Act “community service” Club for elementary age children at La Salle Academy in Lower Kensington.
• The Rotary Club of Philadelphia has its own foundation and annually awards more than $30,000.00 of grants for deserving humanitarian projects.
• The Philadelphia Rotary has recently been a “three year” financial partner in a project to improve maternal health care in Uganda. This initiative linked medical professionals from Drexel University and Makere University in Uganda.
• In the past three years, Philadelphia Rotary has also financed seven Rotaplast surgical operations for children with cleft palates. And the Philadelphia Rotary purchased five Shelter Boxes to provide a temporary living environment for families in a natural disaster area.
• At the local level, the Philadelphia Rotary has financially supported outreach programs for the homeless, an immigrant literacy education program, restoration of school music programs in public schools, community workforce development, improved education for struggling readers in schools, and a program for babies under intensive medical care at Children’s Hospital.
• The Rotary Club of Philadelphia has successfully sponsored four Rotary International Peace Fellowship winners from Philadelphia---two Philadelphia police lieutenants and two Philadelphia assistant district attorneys---who have studied violence prevention, peace building, mediation and compromise for three months at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
The Philadelphia Rotary has been a very strong financial supporter of Rotary International’s dynamic and highly successful campaign to eliminate polio worldwide. Even more significantly, its members over the years have consistently distinguished themselves with a wide array of volunteer “hands on” efforts locally. Philadelphia Rotarians are involved each year with local community service projects each year, ranging from painting inner city interior school walls to playground and park clean-ups to answering phones and other volunteer activities for non-profits in need.
• One of the Philadelphia Rotary’s unique affiliations of the past was its “twin relationship” with the Rotary Club of Nottingham (UK) which began in 1921. For many years, these two clubs created friendship activities which allowed members to periodically visit with each other back and forth across the Atlantic. Skype conferences between these two Rotary clubs have been used periodically to rekindle that “twin relationship.”
Members of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia continue to enjoy great fellowship with each other at two scheduled Thursday luncheon meetings each month at the Union League in center city Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Rotarians can also meet with their affiliated “Happy Hour” club one evening each month.
• 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.
Internationally, 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.

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

The Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia has purchased and then distributed more than 20,000 dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and library books onsite to children at 20+ schools in Philadelphia during the past eight years. We have also purchased a classroom library for an elementary school and provided new English as a Second Language teaching materials to an immigrant center in West Philadelphia.

Youth Partners

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia is proud to be the sponsor of four Rotary youth partnership organizations---two Rotaract groups (ages 18-30), one at Drexel University and the other at the University of Pennsylvania; one Interact Clubs for ages 12-18 at West Catholic Prep; and one EarlyAct Club for elementary age students at the La Salle Academy.

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.

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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.

About Us

More Than 105 Years of Making Good Things Happen!
• Of the 34,000 Rotary Clubs in the world, the Rotary Club of Philadelphia was the 19th to be chartered.
That Rotary network of clubs today includes 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries. The Rotary Club of Philadelphia’s more than 100 years of excellence in volunteerism and caring as well as funding community projects continues to generate meaningful initiatives for those in need.
• The Rotary Club of Philadelphia distributions of more than 20,000 thesauruses, dictionaries, atlases and library books just in the past eight years have touched the lives of many thousands of Philadelphia school children at more than 25 city schools.
• The Rotary Club of Philadelphia sponsors the Philadelphia Rotaract Club at the University of Pennsylvania and the Drexel University Rotaract Club (Ages 18-30). Both clubs are composed mostly of university students who engage in community service outreach.
• The West Catholic Prep Interact Club is a high school partner organization sponsored by the Rotary Club of Philadelphia. This club completed six service activities this past year and received recognition from Rotary International. The Philadelphia Rotary also been sending students from West Catholic Prep to the weekend long Rotary Leadership Training (RYLA) in each of the past three years.
• The Philadelphia Rotary is in the process of establishing an Early Act “community service” Club for elementary age children at La Salle Academy in Lower Kensington.
• The Rotary Club of Philadelphia has its own foundation and annually awards more than $30,000.00 of grants for deserving humanitarian projects.
• The Philadelphia Rotary has recently been a “three year” financial partner in a project to improve maternal health care in Uganda. This initiative linked medical professionals from Drexel University and Makere University in Uganda.
• In the past three years, Philadelphia Rotary has also financed seven Rotaplast surgical operations for children with cleft palates. And the Philadelphia Rotary purchased five Shelter Boxes to provide a temporary living environment for families in a natural disaster area.
• At the local level, the Philadelphia Rotary has financially supported outreach programs for the homeless, an immigrant literacy education program, restoration of school music programs in public schools, community workforce development, improved education for struggling readers in schools, and a program for babies under intensive medical care at Children’s Hospital.
• The Rotary Club of Philadelphia has successfully sponsored four Rotary International Peace Fellowship winners from Philadelphia---two Philadelphia police lieutenants and two Philadelphia assistant district attorneys---who have studied violence prevention, peace building, mediation and compromise for three months at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
The Philadelphia Rotary has been a very strong financial supporter of Rotary International’s dynamic and highly successful campaign to eliminate polio worldwide. Even more significantly, its members over the years have consistently distinguished themselves with a wide array of volunteer “hands on” efforts locally. Philadelphia Rotarians are involved each year with local community service projects each year, ranging from painting inner city interior school walls to playground and park clean-ups to answering phones and other volunteer activities for non-profits in need.
• One of the Philadelphia Rotary’s unique affiliations of the past was its “twin relationship” with the Rotary Club of Nottingham (UK) which began in 1921. For many years, these two clubs created friendship activities which allowed members to periodically visit with each other back and forth across the Atlantic. Skype conferences between these two Rotary clubs have been used periodically to rekindle that “twin relationship.”
Members of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia continue to enjoy great fellowship with each other at two scheduled Thursday luncheon meetings each month at the Union League in center city Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Rotarians can also meet with their affiliated “Happy Hour” club one evening each month.
• 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.
Internationally, 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.

Current Leadership

Jeff Saperstein

President

Kurt Stroemel

President Elect

Matthew Tae

Past President

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Guests are welcome to join us on Thursday April 19th at noon at The Racquet Club to gain the insights of Warren Buffett's investment style. Jim Moore will describe for us the origins and goals of Berkshire Hathaway. How did Buffett get involved with it? How did Buffett work his way up to a position of running Berkshire Hathaway? What were his early influences, and investing strategies? What you should expect to hear from Mr. Buffett on May 5 (at the annual meeting). What is going on at Berkshire Hathaway now?
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Our club contributed $1000 to plant trees in a local natural area on Earth Day (April 22nd) as part of Rotary International's goal to plant one tree for each of our 1.2 million members in 200 coumtries. We are happy to receive this acknowledgement from the community where the trees are to planted.

Upper Merion Township’s Parks and Recreation is proud to congratulate you as part of The Rotary District 7450 Tree Fund Campaign Partnership on winning this year’s Parks and Recreation Earth Day Award!
The Parks and Recreation’s Earth Day Award is based on a wide criteria including sustainable practices and environmental stewardship, leadership and volunteerism. This award-winning project was initiated by the Rotary District 7450 Southeastern Pennsylvania and powered by the partnership the Rotary District formed with the world-renowned Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS).

Parks and Recreation wanted to commend the partners on this amazing tree fund campaign and planting project, which aimed to help the Upper Merion Township address the blight of our forest areas by the Emerald Ash Borer. Rotary District 7450 and its 50 local Rotary clubs worked to raise funds (over $10,00!), awareness, and volunteers, and invested countless hours planning with PHS, and the Upper Merion Park and Shade Tree Department, and the UM Tree Tenders for the large-scale tree planting project planned to benefit Upper Merion.
It’s exciting to know that on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day!) you will be planting the 80 trees in Upper Merion as part of the 2018 Rotary District Conference!
We are grateful for your valuable demonstration of environmental stewardship, leadership, and volunteerism on behalf of our community.

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Ruggero Vigliaturo from Casale Italy visited our club. Ruggero is a former Rotary Global Grant Scholar who is researching asbestos eating bacteria. He hopes to commercialize this method to remove this dangerous substance from buildings, pipes and other areas where it was used extensively as insulation and a fire retardant. Rotary International provides fellowships to professionals to pursue research to advance humanitarian causes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Welcome to our latest member, Alex Snyman, Financial Advisor at Barilotti Wealth Services. Looking forward to sharing Rotary with you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jason Walker, Chair of our Happy Hour Rotary Club, shared insights on the state of the economy from his perspective as a financial advisor. Thanks Jason. ... See MoreSee Less

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Angel Flight East at Philadelphia Rotary
Who is coming to tomorrow’s Rotary meeting? Lunchtime at the Racquet Club on 16th St. We’ll hear from financial advisor Jason Walker about tax reform and the economic outlook. He will also fill us in on what the Happy Hour Rotary club is up to. Meanwhile here is a message from the speaker from our last linch meeting.
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See you on Thursday at The Racquet Club for lunch at noon. Guests and walk-inswelcome. Jess Ames and one of the pilots from Angel Flight will talk to us about their great services. Through a network of volunteer pilots, Angel Flight East provides free air transportation to children and adults in need of medical treatment far from home. Volunteer pilots use their own aircraft and pay for all costs of the flight, making it completely free to the passenger every time. Angel Flight East covers 14 states from Virginia to Ohio to Maine and for destinations beyond that, we link up with other volunteer pilot organizations. Check out the video below.

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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

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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 (including four winners of the Rotary International Peace Fellowships) from the Philadelphia area have gone overseas to study. 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).

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Rotary…A Matter of the Heart

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Women in Rotary

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Rotary: Good People Doing Good Things For People In Need

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Rotary’s War on Polio!

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