History and Mission

The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed in February, 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name was derived from the early practice of "rotating" meetings among members’ offices.

Rotary’s popularity spread, and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg in Canada. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents.

The Rotary Club of Buffalo was founded in 1911 and was Rotary International’s 28th club in the world. Currently, Rotary Club of Buffalo has nearly 150 active members. The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

The Rotary Club of Buffalo is committed to making our community better.  Since 1989 the club has awarded grants totalling more than $1.7 million to Western New York organizations.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Buffalo, please contact Heather Culverwell at 716-854-3397 or heatherc@buffalorotary.org.