The Rotary Club of Detroit was founded in 1910, club number 16 of what has grown to be more than 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. It was the first Rotary club in Michigan, preceding hundreds of Rotary clubs in neighboring Indiana, Ohio and Ontario. Thousands of members comprised of leaders of Detroit’s businesses and professions have belonged, providing service to Detroit and the world through hands-on projects and contributions of millions of dollars. Notable historic members include Edward Hines, Frank Campbell, Henry Ewald, Edgar Guest, Frank Cody, Stanley Kresge and others.
As with all Rotary clubs, our objectives are to come together in fellowship and use our talents and resources to provide service to our community and to people throughout the world. We promote peace and understanding and look for ways to raise quality of life and prosperity for all people. We do not limit membership for race, gender, color, creed, nationality or political leanings. We do expect our members to adhere to fairness and integrity in their business practices and relationships.
We have weekly luncheon meetings with a wide range of speakers who educate, inform and entertain us on interesting and important topics. Rotarians from other cities and countries frequently visit. In addition to our own club’s projects, we partner with other area Rotary clubs and with Rotary District 6400 to provide service to Detroit and its surrounding communities. We often partner with clubs in other parts of the world for projects such as clean water or disaster relief and we support Rotary International on global initiatives including the eradication of Polio. Our projects are funded by member donations and by grants from our Detroit Rotary Foundation.
Our club meets for lunch each Wednesday.
Meetings start at noon and end promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Regular meetings are held downtown at the Detroit Athletic Club near Comerica
Some special meetings are
held at other locations and so noted in the meeting schedule.
You will enjoy an excellent lunch, learn something useful, interesting and/or entertaining from a guest speaker and make some new business or personal acquaintances
The Detroit Athletic Club dress code requires business attire. No denim is allowed.
The luncheon fee is $26 and includes parking in the DAC garage. Tell the attendant at the garage entrance you are attending Rotary.
The Detroit Rotary Foundation issues of various sizes to fund projects executed by the club’s committees. Most grants are for local projects and some are for international projects as far as Africa and Asia.
Our club sponsors and mentors a Rotaract club at Wayne State University and an Interact club at Osborne High School. We also support Rotary District 6400’s annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award Seminar.
In 2010 as part of the celebration of our club’s centennial, we launched an initiative to raise awareness and action to address the high level of adult illiteracy in Detroit and in other communities. The initiative is ongoing and includes partnerships with other area Rotary clubs, Pro-Literacy Detroit and other literacy agencies in surrounding areas. It includes hands-on work and funding.
For several years, our club has partnered with the Detroit AM Rotary Club, the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club and the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary Club to purchase and distribute new winter coats to children in need in our community.
Each academic year, we ask each high school in the city of Detroit to propose one high school senior as a candidate for this award. Academics are only one consideration. High emphasis are placed on citizenship and service to the candidates’ schools, home, religious activities and community. Our committee members interview each candidate and select one for each month of the academic year. Youth Citizen of the Month awards are presented individually at our meetings in the presence of representatives of their school faculty and family. Awards include a certificate and a $1,000 scholarship from the Detroit Rotary Foundation. Each June, one of the awardees is named the Youth Citizen of the Year and presented another certificate and another scholarship for $3,000.
A historic building, formerly a police station, on Belle Isle is to be transformed into a welcome center for the park. In preparation of that and to promote public knowledge and use of Michigan native plants and their value to our ecology, we created a native garden in front of the main entrance to the building. Our committee continues to maintain the garden on scheduled workdays throughout the year.
We especially seek current or former leaders of businesses and the professions who would enjoy our friendship and that of other Rotarians nearby and around the world; who live in, work in or place high value in the city of Detroit; who share the service and integrity values of Rotary and want to help make Detroit and the world better.
Membership is by invitation, with members proposing acquaintances. If you are acquainted with any of our members, ask them for more information about Rotary and let them know of your membership interest. If you are not acquainted with any members, contact us and one of our officers or members of the Membership Committee will reply promptly. We urge you to come to any of our upcoming meetings to learn more about us and our club.
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