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.

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 Pyramid Club 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.

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

Past President

Kurt Stroemel

President

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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 Pyramid Club
  • Fellowship Meetings
  • Service Opportunities
  • Rotary Newsletter
  • Exclusive Rotary Events
  • Rotary Networking

A la Carte Membership

$540

  • "Pay as you go" lunches at the Pyramid Club
  • 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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Over 15000

Books donated

Over 3000

Fellowship Events

Over 100

Scholarships Given

Countless

Lives Affected

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