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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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Join Us for Rotarians at Work Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Warehouse
6955 Central Highway, Pennsauken NJ 08109
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Rotary Club of Philadelphia added 3 new photos — with Jeff Cabot.

Don Heebner, Plymouth-Conshohocken-Whitemarsh Rotary club member and Rotary leader of mulitple international Rotaplast missions, visited our club to share information about Rotaplast missions to repair childrens' (and sometime young adults') cleft lips and palates. He presented us with pictures of two children in Peru who received this life-changing surgery this year through a grant our club presented to Rotaplast. Don is always looking for Rotary and non-Rotary volunteers to help staff these missions and support the medical team, usually from Childrens' Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and other area hospitals and private dental practices. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary Club of PhiladelphiaDon Heebner describing his latest Rotalast mission to Peru.

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Join Us for Rotarians at Work Day
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Where: Habitat for Humanity ReStore Warehouse
(ReStore is the H for H retail outlet where people can purchase donated building materials, furniture, decorative items, etc. to help fund home building projects)
6955 Central Highway, Pennsauken NJ 08109

Tasks: We will help reorganize the warehouse and do some masonry work
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Internationally prominent business person and club member Bill Thomas enthralled our members with a most interesting presentation about his experiences in establishing thriving business in culturally diverse locations around the world. Bill, former CEO of Western Union, is truly a "citizen of the world" and promised a sequel to his intriguing and engaging presentation. Bill is shown on the left with club Vice President Kurt Stroemel. ... See MoreSee Less

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Teri Cassario BalakasI worked with your mom at Western Union in Moorestown, NJ for 18 years. Loved working there.

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Betsy FairKurt, didn't your Mom work for Western Union at some point?

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Cathy MillerCongratulations VP

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Diane KulesaCongratulations 🎈 Kurt

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Tuesday April 4th, Happy Hour at Ladder 15.

April 4, 2017, 5:30pm

Come join the Rotary Happy Hour club tomorrow at Ladder 15 if you love discount drinks, future service events, and talking with new and old friends!

Rotary Club of Philadelphia added 7 new photos — with Kurtis Stroemel and 4 others.

"A Night of Painting" at the renowned Studio Incamminatti raised lots of money to innoculate children against Polio. Rotary members and friends got to practice painting figure models and as you can see from the photos, everyone had a great time. ... See MoreSee Less

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Challenges of Creating an International Business Career
March 30 @ 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
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Speaker: William Thomas, MBA, Managing Partner of Acccra LLC

William Thomas has a wealth of experience leading Fortune 100 multinational companies. His specialty areas include international expansion, client partnerships, building high performing executive teams, and portfolio management. He is also passionate about causes supporting children and education.
He has lived and worked in Canada, the U.S., Thailand, Argentina and France. Last year he was an adjunct Professor at Webster University in Thailand. He and his wife take annual extended cycling trips and they sponsor four children in in Thailand.
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Please don't forget, this Wednesday, March 29th, at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, we will have a fun time with An Evening of Painting at Studio Incamminati. We will work one-on-one alongside very talented artist to complete our own painting and experience what it's like to paint another human on canvas. Last year we had two models and a great crowd. We produced some really amazing paintings considering none of us are professionals!!! It truly is a unique experience and an opportunity you don't get every day. ... See MoreSee Less

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Angelo F. Perryman, Chief Executive Officer of Perryman Building and Construction Services, Inc., described the booming construction trends in the city and presented an outstanding proesentation about challenges and opportunities that present themsleves in today's development marketplace. He noted the meteoric rise in construction related spending in the last decade and gave a glimpse into growth areas going forward. Mr. Perryman's company participated in the construction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center among other major projects in the city. ... 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

$510

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

A la Carte Membership

$270

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

Happy Hour Club

$150

  • 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

President
Jeff Saperstein

Jeff Saperstein

VP
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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