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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Rotary Youth Exchange Student Elettra from Italy
Meet Elettra, the Rotary Youth Exchange student we co-sponsored with the Abington club. The Italian native is grateful to have been able to spend a full school year in Pennsylvania.
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Rotary Club of Philadelphia added 2 new photos — with Luigi Cancellaro.

This week we had two (unrelated) native Italians visiting our club. In one of the photos you will see Philadelphia Rotary President Jeff Saperstein give a banner to Luigi Cancellaro, a Rotarian from Rome. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotarian Action Group rep will be in our area for the next few days and would like to meet Rotarians and/or speak at Rotary clubs. Here's some info: The Hepatitis Eradication Rotarian Action Group is proud to present the global campaign Hepatitis Zero (for the eradication of the hepatitis C virus around the world), which is being taken around the United States of America, the third part of the trip, by the Hepatitis Zero Expedition bringing a message of hope for those suffering with the “silent killer” that is Hepatitis C.

The expedition, which is a project of the Hepatitis Eradication R.A.G., the newest Action Group to be recognized, has already journeyed through all of South and Central America.This mission is travelling around the world with two brothers, Fred and José, Rotarians and roving Ambassadors of the project,spreading information on hepatitis C prevention, on board their Toyota Land Cruiser.

They will spend about four years touring five continents, covering 120,000 miles and more than fifty countries. In each stop on their way Fred and José are meeting with the Rotary community, explaining about the disease and the campaign, how hepatitis C sufferers can seek treatment, and recruiting future Ambassadors for the Hepatitis Eradication Rotary Action Group.

For further information about the Expedition's visit to PA please contact Mr. Paul Major (paul.major@hepatitiszero.com)
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Rotary Club of Philadelphia added 5 new photos — with Lisa Leonard and 2 others.

Rotary proud at the Fourth of July Parade today. Congratulations to all our members who did a great job repping Rotary. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lisa DiNardo ParkerCongratulations to Rotary Club of Philadelphia for all you do. We feel very privileged to have your support. Happy 4th!

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Rotary Club of Philadelphia added an event.

Come on down to Independence Happ tomorrow, July 4th, to watch our Rotary clubs march in the 241st Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia, the place where it all began! ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary Club of Philadelphia with Lisa Leonard and 2 others.

Jeff Saperstein (l) took his oath of office as President of our Rotary club for a one year term beginning on July 1. Holly Lankin(c) and Lisa Leonard (r) administered the oath as district officers. All club presidents and Rotary officers throughout the world do the same. Congratulations, Jeff. We're looking forward to a very active year from planting trees to planting seeds of learning for our city school children through our mentoring and literacy programs. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kurtis StroemelCongratulations Jeff Saperstein!! Looking forward to a great year!

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Sloane ShavelCongratulations Jeff!! So excited for you!! 👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻⭐️

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Philadelphia Rotary Foundation Closes Out Its 2016-2107 Grant Awards at Gala June 29 Luncheon

Representatives from a number of different organizations were on hand at the luncheon of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia on Thursday, June 29 at the Union League to accept the most recent grant awards from the Philadelphia Rotary Foundation.
The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia received a $5000.00 Philadelphia Rotary grant to establish a K-3 Classroom library and literacy plus teacher training at the Bache-Marin School in Fairmount during 2017-2018. This school currently has no library.
La Salle Academy, dedicated to educating needy students (average family income is $18.500.00) in Lower Kensington, was the recipient of two Philadelphia Rotary grants. A $500.00 award will support the formation of an EarlyAct community service club for elementary students. The other grant of $1322.50 will fund a Summer Enrichment (Young Artists) program at this school which runs an 11 month academic school year.
The Salvation Army Drop-in Center for Sexually Exploited Women and Victims of Human Trafficking located in Kensington received a $1000.00 Philadelphia Rotary grant.
Rotaplast, an organization which conducts surgeries for cleft palate children, was awarded a $2000.00 Philadelphia Rotary grant to fund two surgeries during 2017-2018.
Peace Day Philly received a $750.00 grant to support an upcoming seminar on “Mindful and Peaceful Activism.”
The Therapy Center of Philadelphia was awarded $2500.00 to support its outreach services for women at affordable prices.
Other groups which were previously awarded grants by the Philadelphia Rotary during 2016-2017 include: Musicopia ($2000.00 to support the only percussion network for city schools); West Catholic Prep Interact Club ($1000.00 to support of an award-winning high school Rotary club); Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy ($2500.00 to support female high school students in pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math enrichment, STEM); and, Community Diversified Services ($2000.00 to support needy families and workforce development in city communities where needed).
The Rotary Club of Philadelphia, one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs internationally and the 19th oldest Rotary in the world, is a dynamic and diverse organization which serves the city and global community through funding signature projects, engaging in service projects to benefit others and networking. The mission of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia is to support improvement in the lives of those in need with a priority focus on youth and literacy projects. The Philadelphia Rotary Foundation distributes $25,000.00 to $30,000.00 in support of community and humanitarian endeavors every year.
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Friends of Bache-MartinWe are so very thankful for the Rotary Club of Philadelphia's support of Bache-Martin!!

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The Rotary Club of Philadelphia awarded a $1000 grant to the Salvation Army New Day Drop-in Center for Sexually Exploited Women and Victims of Human Trafficking located in Kensington. Jaime Manirakiza (l) who accepted the grant is shown with member Joan Batory.

The Salvation Army New Day Drop-In Center is the centerpiece of the Salvation army’s effort to address human trafficking in Philadelphia.
The Salvation Army secured invaluable partners, dedicated staff, and volunteers and ventured out to run a full time program on Kensington Avenue. The center is a safe, trauma informed, welcoming and non-judgmental space for women suffering from sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Strategically located in the heart of the neighborhood, a simple sign on the door reading, "women only drop-in: food, clothing, toiletries" identifies the center, which is open during the day and two late nights per week when other service agencies are not available. Many of the women seen are suffering from the "force, fraud and coercive" tactics of sex trafficking and are seeking safety.
Staff work to build rapport with individuals who have had their trust violated and are trained to look for human trafficking red flags, as well as how to address the women's specialized psychological, social, emotional and physical needs. In addition to the physical drop in center space, The Salvation Army provides an array of case management services. Staff, interns and volunteers are also trained in trauma informed care, and are a consistent presence in the community. News of the center travels largely by word of mouth and through street outreach teams. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary Club of Philadelphia added 7 new photos — at WeWork Walnut St..

Good people making connections tonight at the 'Get To Know Rotary and Spruce Foundation' mixer. If you know anyone who wants to get involved in volunteerism and/or philanthropy, please get in touch! Thanks to WeWork for hosting in their very cool space. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary Club of Philadelphia added 11 new photos — with Jeff Cabot and 4 others.

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Kurtis StroemelGood work today by a great group of people!

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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 Union League
  • Fellowship Meetings
  • Service Opportunities
  • Rotary Newsletter
  • Exclusive Rotary Events
  • Rotary Networking

A la Carte Membership

$540

  • "Pay as you go" lunches at the Union League
  • 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

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

Rotary Club of Philadelphia members have purchased and then distributed more than 16,000 dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and library books onsite to children at 20+ schools in Philadelphia during the past six years. And we have given financial support to three other literacy initiatives for city children during the 2015-2016 school year.

Youth Partners

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.

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

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Matthew Tae

Past President
Jeff Saperstein

Jeff Saperstein

President
Kurt

Kurt Stroemel

President Elect

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Over 15000

Books donated

Over 3000

Fellowship Events

Over 100

Scholarships Given

Countless

Lives Affected

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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).

Happy 105th Anniversary

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                           Rotary Club of Philadelphia…More Than 105 Years of Making Good Things Happen! The Rotary…

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Philadelphia Rotaract In Action

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The Philadelphia Rotaract, a university partner of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, recently conducted a…

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Babies and Books Project at Children’s Hospital

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Babies and Books Project The Rotary Club of Philadelphia is helping to financially sponsor a…

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West Catholic Interact Doing Good Stuff!

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The officers of the 2015-2016 West Catholic Prep Interact/Lasallian Club are shown above with Dan…

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Very Successful Rotary Community Peace Conference

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Philadelphia Rotarian Joan Batory (at left above) was one of the key organizers of a very…

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Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia Grants Touching Lives!

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

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