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Known as the "Host Club of America", the Rotary Club of New York is comprised of 200 leading international business and professional men and women who meet weekly at a luncheon to advance the interests of New York City, to keep informed on key world, political, economic and social issues, and to serve the community. Founded in 1909, it is the sixth oldest Club in the Rotary International organization.


From Rudolph Giuliani to the Russian Ambassador, Rotary speakers from the widest range of civic and international interests provide insight on local, national and world issues.

Fellow Rotary members of many nationalities who are top executives representing a broad range of private business, government and professional activities in New York City furnish a unique personal network of resources.

Volunteer activities and other contributions to civic, charitable and service organizations offer an unparalleled opportunity to serve the community of New York. The 1.2 million members in 30,000 Clubs in 163 countries of Rotary International constitute your own business connections overseas.


Every Tuesday, New York Rotarians meet for lunch at The Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues) to hear such speakers as Cardinal O’Connor, William Sessions (FBI), Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Barlett (Wall Street Journal), John Mack Carter (Hearst), Steve Gutman (NY Jets), Robert Curran (Foreign Policy Association), Irwin Kellner (Manufacturers Hanover Trust), Senator Alfonse D’Amato and Jonathan Bush. Special luncheons are sponsored by New York Consulates. On the lighter side, there are frequent tennis and golf tournaments, travel and social functions.

THE NEW YORK ROTARY FOUNDATION raises about $40,000 each year and supports more than two dozen organizations which have included the following: The Salvation Army, YM-YWCA, Boy Scouts, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, Saint Agnes Soup Kitchen, Horizon Concerts, National Association for Visually Handicapped, Police and Firemen’s Recognition Day and Polio Plus.

New York Rotary’s “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” awards program honors members who excel in community work.


Since its inception, the Rotary International Foundation has raised more than $45 million annually and distributed over $500,000,000 to worthwhile causes and projects. Recently, it raised $300 million for Polio Plus, an immunization program administered by The United Nations agencies (WHO and UNICEF) in developing countries to eradicate Polio by the year 2005 (Rotary’s 100th Anniversary).

The Foundation, to date, has administered 27,000 scholarships; 5,000 group study exchange programs; 50 grants to university teachers; 150 health, hunger, and humanity (3-H) grants; and 1,500 special grants for education and humanitarian purposes.


Headquarted in Evanston, Illinois, and founded in 1919, Rotary International has 1.2 million members in 159 countries, primarily business and professional people dedicated to serving their communities and promoting peace, goodwill, and international understanding. The Clubs’ members engage in more than 35,000 programs each year. Rotary International has held twelve major Peace Forums.

Rotary International has non-governmental organizational status at The United Nations and some of its agencies in Geneva and Vienna. It holds an annual program at the United Nations in New York.

  • Rotary volunteers have journeyed to 60 countries on Rotary missions.
  • Rotary's Interact has more than 5,500 Clubs for young people in 93 countries.
  • Rotary's Rotaract consists of 6,000 Clubs of young adults in over 128 countries.
  • Rotary's Village Corps is 2,400 strong.
  • Rotary sponsors 7,000 youth exchange programs and offers scholarships to promising young people.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEW YORK • 322 Eight Avenue , Suite 1701 New York, NY 10001
Tel. (212) 633-1311 • Fax. (212) 633-1954 • E-mail: ny.rotary@verizon.net


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