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.

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Lisa Parker (at right), executive director of Peace Day Philly, is shown with Rotary Club of Philadelphia president Lisa Leonard (at left), at the weekly Rotary luncheon at the Union League Thursday, August 27.

Peace Day Philly is held annually in Philadelphia and in communities around the world to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st. Lisa has grown the organization in just two years into a powerhouse day filled with hundreds of activities in and around Philadelphia engaging all type of grassroots, non-profit, civic and governmental entities carrying out meaningful and impactful activities highlighting community activism as central to creating a peaceful and civil society
The Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia has awarded Peace Day Philly a $500.00 grant for the upcoming activities September 14 thru September 21.
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Andrea Brooks, President of the organization, "Adult Quest for Unity and Altruism (AQUA)," gave a dynamic presentation as the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Philadelphia luncheon on Thursday, August 27, at the Union League.
Andrea's organization has had great success in providing volunteer service to homeless and disadvantaged citizens in the Kensington section of Philadelphia and North Camden.
AQUA received a $1500.00 grant award from the Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia in the spring of 2015.
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Keynote speaker Shana Heidorn, Director, Society Hill Dance Academy and the Philadelphia Dance Foundation, spoke about how ballroom dancing can enhance the lives and education of disadvantaged youth in the Greater Philadelphia area through ballroom dance instruction made possible by scholarships. The dance workshops teach traditional ballroom and ethnic dance forms. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Women shown in the photo are at a community engagement event in Tharaka Nithi, Kenya. They sing to remind parents about the importance of vaccinating their children to protect them against polio.

August 11, 2015 marks one year without a case of wild polio confirmed on the African continent for the first time in history. Recent outbreaks in the Horn and Central Africa appear to have been stopped, and on July 24, Africa’s last polio-endemic country, Nigeria, reached one year without a reported case.

However, Dr Hamid Jafari, Director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at WHO, warns that there is nothing magic about the one year marker. “Surveillance for poliovirus has improved considerably. However, in the past we have had year-long periods when we thought the poliovirus had gone from the Horn of Africa and central Africa, only to find out that we were simply missing transmission because our surveillance systems were not strong enough to spot cases. I am in awe of the governments, partners, community and religious leaders, health workers and volunteers who have brought us so far- and I ask them to keep up the commitment for the hurdles we still have to cross in Africa.”

Routine Immunization

Efforts to end polio across the African continent have created a sturdy infrastructure to reach all children with life-saving vaccines and support other critical health priorities – an infrastructure that must be further built upon even after polio is eradicated. Global Polio Eradication Initiative staff are focusing on strengthening ROTARY INTERNATIONAL'S
programs in particular in 10 priority countries, 7 of which are in Africa: Angola, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan, by partnering notably with such organizations as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Strengthening routine immunization in these countries will help to reach the significant numbers of children who remain unvaccinated there, giving the poliovirus less opportunity than ever to circulate.
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Member Jewel Mann-Lassiter, President and CEO of Tuxedo, her catering, event planning and decorating company, raised more than $500 for End Polio Now by selling her popular book LOVE BITES and donating all the proceeds to Rotary's signature project. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary Club of Philadelphia added 4 new photos.

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Susan Silberstein, Founder of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education, (BeatCancer.org) described how this nonprofit organization works to prevent cancer, reduce suffering from cancer and treatment side effects, and prevent disease recurrence. BeatCancer.Org serves adults with cancer and children via legal guardian or care giver, through education, coaching, counseling, resources, referrals and support, with a particular focus on those who have become emotionally or physically disenfranchised as a result of their treatment. ... See MoreSee Less

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Members of our club thoroughly enjoyed the Fireside hosted by fellow member Jewel Mann-Lassiter at her lovely penthouse. Shown left to right are members Joan Batory, Joe Batory, Victoria Yancey, Randall Drain, mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, Hideko Kaji, Andrea Thies, and Akira Kaji. ... See MoreSee Less

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Membership Options

We have 3 membership tiers to choose from. The prices shown are semi-annual membership dues.

Full Membership


  • Thursday Lunches at the Union League
  • Fellowship Meetings
  • Service Opportunities
  • Rotary Newsletter
  • Exclusive Rotary Events
  • Rotary Networking

A la Carte Membership


  • "Pay as you go" lunches at the Union League
  • Fellowship Meetings
  • Service Opportunities
  • Rotary Newsletter
  • Exclusive Rotary Events
  • Rotary Networking

Happy Hour Club


  • Pending

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


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.


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


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

Sandy Goldberg

Lisa Leonard

Lisa Leonard


Sandy Goldberg & Lisa Leonard

President & VP

President Sandy Goldberg & Vice President Lisa Leonard

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Books donated

Over 3000

Fellowship Events

Over 100

Scholarships Given


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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).

A Shelter Box Story

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ShelterBoxes provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by…

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

June 29, 2015 Service 0 Comments

A new Interact Club for high school age students has been established at West Catholic Prep…

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A Rotary Ambassador Scholar Comes To Visit!

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Lindsey Elkin (left), the last Ambassador Scholar from Rotary District 7450, was a surprise visitor…

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So what does the Philadelphia Rotary Do?????

The Rotary Club of Philadelphia continues to have a meaningful presence in Philadelphia and beyond….

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

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The Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia, the charity outreach arm of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia,…

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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.

Rotary At Its Best!

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The meeting Rotary Club of Philadelphia meeting May 7 was magical and memorable.  It might…

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