Rotary International IS the world’s oldest and largest community service organization.
The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self.
Rotary’s main objective is service
— in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. For over 100 years, Rotary International made the world better through service. Although most will think of Communnity Service, Rotary recognizes 5 areas of service:
- Community Service – Local service
- International Service – Service to the world including Polio Plus
- Vocational Service – Service to our professionals and vocations and business in general
- Fellowship Service – Service in support of strong friendships and relations throughout Rotary
- Club Service – Efforts in the operation and organization of the club and Rotary internationally
The History of Club No. 11
Our St. Louis Club is named club eleven because it’s the eleventh club organized and admitted to membership in Rotary International. The first preliminary meeting was held on February 15, 1910. Among those present being Bruno Batt, Fraser Stewart, Werner Hencke, J.K. Jones and Charles W. Rutledge. The permanent organization of the Club was effected on February 22, 1910, with the first meeting of the Club was held at the Old Lippe’s café, Eighth & Olive Streets. Twenty-five business and professional men were present, all of whom were then elected to membership. The club enjoyed steady growth and on March 1, 1910, the total membership was 153 members. By July 1, 1910 the total membership had reached 249. The first printed roster of the Club was issued July 15, 1910, attracting nationwide attention at that time.
The Club membership steadily increased until the depression year of 1912 when the membership dropped to 152 men. Since then, there has been a steady growth in active membership representing almost every worthwhile business and professional classification in St. Louis.
The first president and leading organizer of the St. Louis Club was Bruno Batt who passed away, however, during his term of office and was succeeded by Frazer Stewart. Many prominent men and women have served the Club as its President.
Organized – February 22, 1910
National Charter Issued – August 18, 1910
International Charter Issued – June 2, 1913
Incorporated – July 7, 1932