Rotary Clubs celebrate 100 years today
Cimarron Country Rotarians, along with club members around the world, will celebrate today, what Chicago attorney Paul Harris and two friends began in February 1905; the world's first service organization.
Harris' idea was to bring small town friendliness to bustling city business districts.
The name for the club was derived from the idea that the weekly meetings would rotate to the various business offices of its members.
By 1921, Rotary had spread across six continents. Today there are an estimated 1.2 million Rotarians in 31 thousand clubs in 122 countries.
The club has among other projects, Polio Plus. Begun in 1985, the members determined ambition was to wipe this scourge disease off the planet by 2005, (it's down to one percent of the world's population).
Rotarians mentor youth, (the local club sponsors a React Club in Boise City High), they have taken on the challenge of world literacy, and sponsor a camp for youthful diabetics.
In Cimarron County each summer, the local Rotary Club sponsors the Little League, giving several young men and women a chance to play competitive baseball.
The local club also collects money weekly in an effort to supply water wells for drinking water to rural schools in Panama.
Boise City News