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 Club of Philadelphia added 2 new photos.

Members of our West Catholic Prep Interact Club have been very busy helping others. Members below are preparing food at the Ronald McDonald House and collecting baskets of food for the local food bank. ... See MoreSee Less

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Keynote speaker Brother Ernest Miller, LaSalle Univeristy, shared the story of LaSalle's growth from it's founding in 1863 to it's most recent expansion. LaSalle is located in the northern section of Philadelphia and is the second oldest university in the city. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to Rotarian Adam Puff and his wife on their baby girl, Bailey Elizabeth Puff at 7 pounds 15 Oz! ... See MoreSee Less

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Don LaffertyMazel tov!

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Friends affected by the fire are in need of mens pants in 32x32 and 30x30 along with shirts in small and medium. Womens pants 10-12, medium shirts. Please bring to Rotary tomorrow or email andreathies@gmail.com Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary International President-elect John Germ announced the 2016-2017 theme "Rotary-Serving Humanity" and models the 2016-2017 District Governors' jacket with 2010-2011 District Governor Joan Batory at the International Assembly at San Diego. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary Club of Philadelphia shared Rotary District 7450's event.

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Slam Dunk Polio off the Planet

April 5, 2016, 7:00pm

Sixers Game at Wells Fargo Center

2016 marks our 1st year raising money through a Sixers event for raising money for the PolioPlus campaign. Please join us at Wells Fargo Stadium for a great game and great fellowship, and most importa...

Rotary Club of Philadelphia was pleased to have representatives from Church Farm School join us recently. To learn more about how CFS is impacting the lives of young men, you can visit www.gocfs.net. Here's a short message from Head of School Rev. Ned Sherrill. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cristina CombeeThank you Rotary Club of Philadelphia! Thank you, Ned Sherrill for the great work that you and your amazingly talented staff do every single day for the good of the young men (students) of Church Farm School.

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Help to END POLIO NOW at the next Philly sports event--the Sixers take on the Pelicans. Maybe you'll bring the Sixers good fortune and they win! $10 of each ticket price goes to the EPN campaign.

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Membership Options

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

Full Membership

$690

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

A la Carte Membership

$300

  • "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

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

Lisa Leonard

Lisa Leonard

President
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Matthew Tae

VP

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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).

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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A Shelter Box Story

July 31, 2015 Service 0 Comments

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

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