About Rotary International
Rotary International is a 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.
What makes us different?
Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:
- We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.
- We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.
- We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
- We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.
Clarksville Rotary Club
The Clarksville Rotary Club was founded in 1917 and held their first official meeting in the upstairs hall of Hotel Montgomery on May 17, 1917.
Clarksville Rotary Club Highlights
1949-50 Brought Little League Baseball to Clarksville.
1963-64 Rotary Radio Auction started and the Austin Peay State University Scholarship Program began.
1964-65 Purchased Rotary Park.
1986-87 Rotary Foundation Polio Plus program began and the Clarksville club donated over $33,000 during the next three years.
1990-91 Started a $100,000 endowment fund at Austin Peay State University.
1996-97 Rotary Interact Scholarship Program started.
2016 Rotary Splash Pad and Playground at Heritage Park. All children, regardless of their abilities can play at the new playground and splash pad. Both areas meet Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines which makes it the first of its kind in the city. All areas are wheelchair accessible with the play structures including ramps.