We are people like you. We come from all walks in the community. Professionals, Business People, Educators, Government Officials, Retired Individuals, Non-Profit Leaders and more. We are a collection of concerned citizens who join together with the resources of the Rotary Club of Burlington to make our community, our nation and our world a better place. Rotarians are your neighbors, your friends and your business associates.
The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self.” Rotary International was started in 1905 in Chicago by a group of people who believed that serving the community and giving back were not an option but an obligation. They also believed that to live a purposeful life, one needed to promote good will, friendships and fairness in all interactions with others. Today the principals of the Rotary’s founders have spread around the world. Just as it was in 1905, the Rotary Club of Burlington and the 1.2 million members of Rotary around the world believe that by promoting good will and serving the needs of others one’s own life has more purpose and fulfillment. Below is a video about Rotary, scroll down to view it.
History of the Rotary Club of Burlington
The Rotary Club of Burlington was chartered in 1953 as a club servicing
the Burlington Township, Burlington City and Edgewater Park communities.
The original members were a group of forward thinking business people
who felt strongly about community service.
Throughout the 1950’s and 1960 The Club held various fund-raising events
to provide money and support to local organizations. From those
activities strong relationships and partnerships were developed with the
school districts, private schools and organizations serving the needs
of the community.
In the 1980’s when Rotary International, the governing organization of
the Burlington Rotary finally reversed its ban on women memberships, the
club began to welcome female members. The first woman in the club was a
local banker named Colleen Irwin. She later became the club’s first
female president in the 1990’s.
As the fabric and the needs of the Burlington area has changed, the
makeup of the Burlington Rotary has also changed. Our current members
come from all walks of life and reflect the diverse fabric of our
community. As our club evolves and changes, our mission of "Service
Above Self” doesn’t. We are proud of our past and look forward to
serving our community now and in the future.
The Rotary motto Service Above Self conveys the humanitarian spirit of
the organization’s more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship
among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service
projects characterize Rotary worldwide.
The Rotary Club of Burlington is very proud to be associated with these companies and organizations