Rotary began as an idea more than 100 years ago. Today, Rotary flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The world’s first service club was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of

Paul Harris – Founder of Rotary

his youth. The club was formed in Chicago with just 7 businessmen; Paul P. Harris, Silvester Schiele, Montague “Monty” Bear Harris, Bernard E. “Barney” Arntzen, Rufus F. “Rough-house” Chapin, Harry L. Ruggles, and Robert Fletcher. The new Rotary Club of Chicago was born. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

Keystone Heights Rotary had it’s first meeting on February 4, 1948. We were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Green Cove Springs.