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Club No. 4220 Est. 1919
The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed Feb. 23, 1905, by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture within a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth.
As the first club chartered in the state of Florida and the nearest club to Valdosta, Jacksonville members were approached by a select group of men in Valdosta to sponsor a Valdosta club. Reluctant at first, Jacksonville finally agreed and the club was organized March 24, 1919 and received its charter June 1, 1919.
Founded with 21 members, they met at the Valdez Hotel for lunch, so that the Jacksonville sponsoring members could come to Valdosta that morning by train and return that afternoon. The early club also met at the Daniel Ashley Hotel, the Patterson Hotel and the Women’s Center.
Currently, we meet at noon every Wednesday at the Rainwater Conference Center (unless otherwise noted). Come join us as we strive to put “Service Above Self” in our community!