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Centennial events

Name badge from the 1917 Atlanta Convention

One hundred years ago, at the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed creating an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” From the first contribution of $26.50, the Foundation has grown significantly and has spent more than $3 billion on programs and projects.

Let’s celebrate in the city where it all began. We’ll look back proudly over a century of “doing good in the world” — and look ahead to the challenges Rotary will tackle in the century to come. Here are some of the events we have planned. Check back often to see what’s new.

Visit The Rotary Foundation Centennial site to learn more about the Foundation’s first 100 years.

The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Birthday Party

One of the main events on the convention calendar is the Foundation’s birthday party. Join President John F. Germ and fellow Rotarians for ice cream and cake to commemorate this milestone. A second session has been added — tickets are still available for session 2.

The party will take place in the House of Friendship.

14 June | Session 1 | 12:00–13:30 (sold out)
14 June | Session 2 | 14:00–15:30

Book signing

Have your copy of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years” signed by its author, David C. Forward. You can purchase the book in the Resource Center in the House of Friendship.

Book signings will take place in the House of Friendship, booth 2063.

10 June | 11:00–12:00 & 13:00–14:00
11 June | 11:00–12:00 & 13:00–14:00
12 June | 09:00–10:00, 13:00–14:00 & 16:00–17:00
13 June | 09:00–10:00, 13:00–14:00 & 16:00–17:00
14 June | 09:00–10:00

The Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit

Learn how The Rotary Foundation became a global leader in humanitarian service. Be inspired and find out how you can contribute to its lasting impact — in your community and around the world.

10-14 June | House of Friendship