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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.

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Marching in the Independence Day Parade? Rotary members are meeting at Front and Chestnut Streets at 10:30am. Please bring your signed release form and give to Lisa Leonard or Bronwyn Martin. Rotary shirt and khakis are the requested attire. (Rotary shirts will be available at the parade for $10.) --Lisa ... See MoreSee Less

We had another memorable President's night dinner at Margaret Kuo's magnificent restaurant as we said goodbye and many thanks to outgoing President Sandy Goldberg. Great job, Sandy. (19 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Jeff CabotSo proud of the amazing work you have done this year, Sandy. You have helped us all be better Rotarians. 🌹🌹🌹6 days ago
Jeff CabotSo sorry I missed all the wonderful dishes that Margaret prepared.6 days ago
Laura PiccianoSandy, you've done an amazing job! I'm sure your service will not be forgotten.6 days ago

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District Governor-elect Chad Rosenberg was installed by PDG Russ deFuria as our 104th Governor onboard the Spirit of Philadelphia on June 24th. DG Doug Blazey presented the President's Citation to 13 Rotary clubs and 4 Rotaract clubs and several Rotarians who demonstrated outstanding service to our district and our community. (6 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Club Members Jay Pennie, David Marion and Bob Brookman told fascinating stories about their life experiences as part of our fellowship meeting today just reinforcing the fact that some of our best programs are given by our own members. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lindsey Elkin (left), the last Ambassador Scholar from Rotary District 7450, was a surprise visitor at the Rotary Club of Philadelphia luncheon on June 18 at the Union League.
She is shown with Philadelphia Rotarian Joseph Batory (right), who coordinated and monitored the scholarships of 23 Rotary outgoing scholars from Philadelphia, and nine Rotary visiting scholars who studied in Philadelphia.
Lindsey studied for her master’s degree at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She has grown to love the country and its people and is still living in South Africa.

Below is what Lindsey had to say about the experience when she completed her studies:

Rotary is an unbelievable organization, made up of thousands of diverse
individuals who have one thing in common: making the world a better place
through a devotion to service above self. I cannot say enough good things
about Rotary. I have met such fascinating, impressive individuals through this
experience. As I continue to get older and busier, I see how difficult it is to
make time for extra activities. The devotion that Rotarians have toward
furthering the ideals of goodwill peace and understanding should be emulated
at a global level. We can all learn something from Rotary, and I deeply admire
each and every Rotarian I have encountered from the start of the application
process.

I would describe the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship as a life-changing
opportunity, where one is provided with an incredible privilege to perform their
duty in bridging cultural gaps, broadening their personal horizons, and
furthering goodwill, peace and understanding through study and cultural
immersion. While I loved my courses at the University of Cape Town , the real beauty of the
Ambassadorial Scholarship happened outside of the classroom while walking
a Congolese friend’s dog, taking a solo hike up Lions Head to watch the
sunset, or sharing chicken wings in this rainbow culture.

I will be forever grateful to Rotary for the experience provided. Rotary changed my life.
I will always be indebted to the organization, and open myself up in any way that I can assist.
I actually will be staying an extra year in South Africa working on my thesis, and I plan
on remaining active with my host club and the other clubs in District 9350.
Following my eventual return to the U.S., I plan on joining Rotary and helping
provide others with the invaluable experience I was provided with.

Thank so much to Rotary for this opportunity. Words cannot describe what
Rotary means to me. I am forever grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Rotarian and new Mother Anna Perini brought Baby Stratton to. our meeting on June 11th. Baby Stratton served as our Honorary Chair of the Day while Chris Kaufer presented his Mom with a gift from our club. ... See MoreSee Less

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The West Catholic Prep Interact Club were the guest presenters at the Rotary Club of Philadelphia luncheon on June 11.

Shown above are (L-R) West Catholic President’s representative Aaron Spence; faculty advisor Jen Davis; Interact Club president Robel Gebrehiwet; Interact Vice President Chris Daniels; and Interact Director Charles Kelly.

The Interactors talked about the ALS ice bucket fundraiser to buy Christmas gifts for kids at St. Francis de Sales Elementary School; their tutoring project at Martha Washington Elementary School; their 4 visits to a soup kitchen; their stint cooking breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House on and collection to raise funds for their sister school in Ethiopia.
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Yesterday at the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo Brazil, General Secretary John Hewko announced that
Rotary Membership has grown over 47,000 since last year and that there are now 35,071 clubs in 200 countries and territories.
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Help for the Homeless
Andrea Brooks from the Aqua Corps (right) is shown accepting a grant award check of $1500.00 from Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia President Joseph Batory at the June 4 luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia.

The Aqua Corps seeks to create positive change for Philadelphia’s homeless citizens.

These grant funds will purchase “AQUA Packs” which contain essential items cited by homeless persons as being most needed. These packs are also a crucial element in developing trusting relationships and a relationship between the Aqua volunteers and the homeless individuals.
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The Rotary Club of Philadelphia Foundation presented grants to 3 more non-profit organizations on May 21st. Shown left to right are Foundation President Joe Batory; ShelterBox USA Board member and Rotarian Bill Decker; Wilma Theater Director of Development and Rotarian Iain Campbell; and Rotaplast International Board, Inc. member and Rotarian Don Heebner. ... See MoreSee Less

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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

Philadelphia Rotary members distribute thousands of dictionaries, thesauruses and library books at Philadelphia schools. Additionally, the Philadelphia Rotary has been financing the Computer Assisted Learning Solution (CALS) for student having trouble learning to read at a Philadelphia public school.

Scholarships

Rotary International & The Rotary Club of Philadelphia give many scholarships every year!

Partnerships

We partner with many other organizations in and around Philadelphia!

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.

During 2013-2014 The Rotary Foundation give more than $35,000 a year to worthy local causes and will repeat that for 2014-2015.

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia is sponsoring a brand new Early Act Club at the Andrew Jackson Elementary School and a new Interact Club at West Catholic Prep during 2014-2015. The club financed the attendance of three students at the Rotary District 7450 Youth Leadership Awards conference in March. In addition, the Philadelphia Rotary is continuing to lend support to an active Rotaract Club on the University of Pennsylvania campus and Drexel University.

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

Sandy Goldberg

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Lisa Leonard

Lisa Leonard

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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).

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The Philadelphia Rotary Gets a Terrific New Partner Club at West Catholic Prep

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The influence of the Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia in our city and beyond

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Dr. Laura Rubinos (left) and Dr. Lori Christ (right) from Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital,  were in attendance at Rotary Club of Philadelphia luncheon meeting May 7.  The two doctors accepted a $750.00 grant award from the Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia for a new project to enhance the audio/verbal stimulation of babies who are isolated in intensive care for medical reasons. That’s Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia President Joseph Batory in the center.

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