Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 15, 2017
Although the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg is part of a global organization, "Service Above Self!" for our members starts right here in our hometown of Hattiesburg, MS. How long has the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg provided service to our community? The City of Hattiesburg was incorporated in 1884. Thirty-four years later in March 1918, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg was granted its charter by Rotary International. In just six short months we will begin celebrating our centennial year of service to our community.
If you are new to the area, curious about the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, or both, we strongly encourage you to find out more about "America's Most Livable City," its leadership, and how they are striving to improve the quality of life for all members of the Pine Belt.
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Rotary Club of Hattiesburg history:
  • 1905 – The first Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, IL, by Paul Harris
  • 1912 – New Orleans receives its charter as the 12th Rotary Club. They are preceded only by San Francisco (#2), Oakland (#3), Seattle (#4), Los Angeles (#5), New York (#6), Boston (#7), Tacoma (#8), Minneapolis (#9), St. Paul (#10), and St. Louis (#11).
  • 1914 – Phoenix becomes the 100th chartered Rotary Club.
  • 1918The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg receives its charter. Rotary has now grown to over 400 clubs with 40,000 members worldwide.
  • 2017 – With 1.22 million members in 33,000 clubs, Rotary International is the largest volunteer service organization in the world.
There are only 16 countries remaining in the world without a chartered Rotary Club:
CubaSaudi Arabia
Iran Syria
North KoreaVietnam