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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's support of local schools continued today with club member Lisa Leonard presenting at the Cramp School's Career Day. The voiceover artist and other speakers including a lawyer, police officers and sales reps stressed the importance of reading. Cramp is one of the schools Rotary Club of Philadelphia has delivered books to as part of our Literacy Project. ... See MoreSee Less

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Books for Philadelphia School Students
The Rotary Club of Philadelphia, through our club foundation, has given more than 15,000 books to Philadelphia elementary students at 20 different city schools during the past six years.

Three principals of schools in which students received about 2000 dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and library book in the fall of 2014, came to say “thank you” at the Philadelphia Rotary meeting on May 14.

(From left) Philadelphia Rotary literacy chairperson Matt Tae, Philadelphia Rotary Foundation President Joseph Batory; Colleen Bowen (Principal, Barton School); Deanda Logan (Principal, Cramp School); Keith Arrington (Principal, Thurgood Marshall School); and Philadelphia Rotary Club President Sandy Goldberg.
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Rotary visitors from near and far visited us on May 14th. Shown left to right are Philadelphia Rotary Club President-elect Lisa Leonard; Larry Ninerell, Maple Shade Rotary Club; Club President Sandy Goldberg; Michael Brookshire, Hatboro Rotary Club; and Dakshyani Balakrishnan, Meenambakkam Rotary Club In India. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary Club of Philadelphia member and Rotary Super Hero Andrea Thies receives a banner from Harriet Obbo, member of the Rotary Club of Kampala North and Rotary Super Hero, at The District Training Assembly (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Harriet Obbo, Rotary club of Kumpala North Uganda, is one of the members of the Uganda Maternal and Child Health Rotary Vocational Team Training project who visited our club on May 7th. Our club has sponsored this project for two years and will continue to sponsor it for its final third year. What a great meeting. We had 10 doctors in the room from Drexel University Medical school, Makerere University Medical School in Uganda and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to receive grants for children's health projects from our club's foundation. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to Rotary Club of Philadelphia Foundation Chair Joe Batory and committee for their selection of outstanding projects to award grants. At today's meeting, we awarded grants to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Dr. Laura Rubinos and Dr. Laurie Crist to help create a library for parents to use to read to their premature babies to provide auditory stimulation to these babies placed in isolation and to the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Francis de Sales to help them purchase reading material for their immigrants literacy program.
Our Rotary Global Grant Scholar Dr. Yuko Shiima thanked us for the Scholarship she received that will enable her to receive a Master's Degree in Epidemiology and continue her research in simulation that she will take back to Japan to teach other doctors.
Finally, we hosted 4 doctors from Makarere University in Kampala Uganda and two doctors from Drexel University School of Medicine to hear about the status of the Rotary Medical Exchange program coordinated by Rotarian Ron Smith aimed at educating midwives in rural Uganda how to prevent maternal and baby mortality through on site and online training that our club has supported for two years. (10 photos)
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What an exciting beginning for our new Drexel Rotaract Club as Rotary Club of Philadelphia President Sandy Goldberg gave them their charter from Rotary International. Club President Nino Avreyski introduced their 30+ members as District Governor Doug Blazey gave each member their Rotaract pins. President Nino revealed their bold goal to raise $25,000 to build a school in Guatamala and volunteer for local projects as well.. (7 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Some of our many Rotary members hard at work on Rotarians at Work Day organizing donated goods at Habitat for Humanity 's ReStore that sells donated goods to build houses for needy families. (6 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotarians At Work Day spent at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. Thanks to all who helped out! (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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For Rotarians At Work Day, we helped Habitat For Humanity in their ReStore. We spent time wrapping furniture, moving doors and other building materials, pricing items, and stocking shelves. (6 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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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

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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.

At present, Joe is involved with a private sector firm doing evaluations of the effectiveness of multi-million dollar educational grant programs on behalf of the state and federal governments.

The opinions expressed here are Joe's and do not express the opinions of the entire membership 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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Rotary: Good People Doing Good Things For People In Need

April 28, 2015 Service

Reprinted with permission of the Delaware County Daily Times     Published January 14, 2013 By Joseph P….

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Rotary’s War on Polio!

April 28, 2015 Service

  Reprinted from the Delaware County Times (December 15, 2014) Guest Column by Philadelphia Rotarian…

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Dr. Yuko Shiima, a visiting doctor and Rotary scholar from Japan (center) was part of the Philadelphia Rotary work project at Habitat for Humanity. Yuko is shown with Dt. Chris Kaufer (left) and Dr. Bob Brookman (right), both Philadelphia Rotary members.

Philadelphia Rotarians at Work

April 28, 2015 Service

A group of Philadelphia Rotary members donated several hours of service on Saturday. April 25, 2015…

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Manaka Kuwabara was born to parents Chihiro and Makoto in Philadelphia while Makoto was a Rotary scholar studying at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rotary…A Matter of the Heart

April 28, 2015 Service

A Rotary Memory of Past President Joe Batory Seven years ago, I agreed to serve on…

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Doing Great Things….Our Rotaract Club at the University of Pennsylvania

April 28, 2015 Service

  The Philadelphia Rotaract Club housed on the University of Pennsylvania campus has had a number…

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