WHAT IS ROTARY?
The Rotary Club of Fullerton, a member of Rotary International, is an association of dedicated Fullerton business and community leaders, working for the betterment of our community, the welfare of our families, and mentoring our youth. Our club has been serving the community for over 75 years.
WHAT DO WE DO
We develop service ideas, listen to speakers discuss current community, political, or international events and are made aware of Community and International needs. From these needs, we initiate community or international projects where we can be of assistance.
WE PROMOTE FAMILY & FELLOWSHIP
We are a Family and we foster Fellowship via Special Event trips, annual charity fundraising concert show, annual family picnic and the annual family Christmas Party, and weekly meetings and occasional evening socials where family and friends are always welcome.
WE DONATE TO SENIOR CITIZENS
Over 10 percent of our Community Investment Awards are donated to Senior Citizen projects.
Projects include The Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, F.I.S.H. and Senior Shut-in Christmas Party.
WE DONATE TO THE YOUTH
Over 60 percent of our Community Investment Awards are donated to the youth.
These Awards go to the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scouts, Western Youth Services, St. Jude's Outreach Services, Florence Crittenton Services for Teen Children, School Reading by Nine Program, and several others.
Our Club sponsors the City High School and Orange County College Athletic Track Meets.
We provide awards and a banquet for the Top 100 Academic Students for two local High Schools each year.
WE MAKE AN IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITY
Our Club donates over 20 percent of our Community Investment Awards to various community service needs.
These include Museums, Library, Arboretum, Universities & Colleges, Police & Fire Departments, Soup Kitchen and an annual Immunization clinic.
The very first four Rotarians are Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris, circa 1905-12. The practice of rotating meeting locations helped our first rotarians coin our name, “Rotary.”
Paul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth.
Within five years clubs had formed across the country, from San Francisco to New York.
Rotary’s reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks — among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, and composer Jean Sibelius.
As Rotary grew, members were able to pool their resources and use their talents to serve their communities. Rotary’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in our motto: Service Above Self.
OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT
Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them.
During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.