The Summit County Rotary Charitable Fund is the financial engine for all our philanthropic endeavors. We are proud part of worldwide organization--a place where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.
The first Rotary Club was founded in 1905 in Chicago to address the local need for public restrooms. It has since grown to 1.2 million members across six continents. By that math, our local chapter represents 1/10,000th of the worldwide workforce! The Summit County Rotary Club is our financial engine. Rotary's motto is "service above self" and everything we do must comply with the four way test that is our guiding principle.
"Of the things we think, say, or do:
1) Is it the truth?
2) Is it fair to all concerned?
3) Will it build good will and better friendships?
4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
There's an endless amount of literature about the club's 115 year history online. One of our flagship endeavors has been polio eradication.
"Wherever I go in doing my work, the Rotarians have been there before me. It is a very humbling thing to discover just exactly what putting service before yourself adds up to when you see it put in practice on the field."
-Bono, singer of U2 and famous humanitarian
"Rotary's strength lies in the sincerity of purpose of its members."
-Estes Snedecor, 1921, Rotary Club of Portland, OR
"Rotarians are very much more favorably disposed towards actions than they are towards words."
-Paul Harris, Rotary Club's founder