Welcome Letter from President

Welcome to our website.

Rotary is one of the world’s premier service organizations. Paul Harris had a visionary idea when he started a tiny Rotary club in Chicago in 1905. Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization. It has grown to more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

Our Club, The Rotary Club of Appleton, dates back to 1917. We are proud to have helped to expand the reach of Rotary through our Club’s sponsorship of 12 other clubs – all of which continue to be active today. We are also the proud sponsor of Rotaract Club of Lawrence University

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Our Club, for over a century, has embraced the energy of being a part of a global initiative! By joining together as leaders, exchanging ideas and taking action we are making an impact both locally and around the world! We award scholarships to students, support local nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Club of Appleton, Women’s Shelter, the United Way, sponsor events such as Houdini 10K and the Samaritan Counseling Center Ethics in Business Summit. Our volunteers have contributed both in cash and kind, toward rebuilding communities devastated by natural catastrophes in Pakistan, Nepal, and Haiti. We have joined forces to improve healthcare in Peru, Guatemala, Sri Lanka; and improving access to clean water and sanitation in Burundi, India and Sierra Leone. Our unity global goal to eradicate polio from the world, is now within reach.

We are neighbors, community leaders and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you we can accomplish more! We invite you to become a member and join this magnificent organization to make a difference in the world. Please contact us and join us for a lunch meeting!

Best Wishes,

Gary Hermsen 

The Rotary Club of Appleton