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Rotary Club
 
n
any of the local clubs that form Rotary International, an international association of professional and businessmen founded in the US in 1905 to promote community service

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rotary international

civilian service club founded in the United States in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a Chicago attorney, to foster the "ideal of service" as a basis of enterprise, to encourage high ethical standards in business and the professions, and to promote a world fellowship of business and professional men. When Harris initiated the idea of a civilian service club in 1905, his plans also included the classification principle that restricts membership in a given club to a quota from each business or profession.

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