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Rotary Club of Delray Beach

The Rotary Club of Delray Beach was chartered on February 10, 1948 at the Colony Hotel under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Boynton Beach. The Club was established with 27 charter members and guided by our first President, Lauren C. Hand.

The next 50 years saw the club grow from its initial 27 members to a maximum of 95 members. Along with membership growth, the club contributed to the growth of Rotary in the area by sponsoring the Rotary Club of Boca Raton in March, 1957 and second Rotary Club in Delray Beach, April 1986.

The Rotary Club of Delray Beach, together with its charitable, tax exempt corporation, Delray Beach Rotary Fund, Inc., has been involved in numerous local and international projects. These projects include contributions of over $100,000 for scholarships to the local high school and over $65,000 for Polio Plus, a Rotary International Project to eradicate polio throughout the world. The funds to finance these projects were by various endeavors such as golf tournaments, bingo and our annual hot dog and soft drink sale at the Delray Affair.

The Rotary Club of Delray Beach has been made up over the years of women and men of leadership in the community. They can be found in all aspects of the business community as well as professionals and elected officials.

The Rotary Club participates in several programs that help spread Rotary ideals and beliefs. Almost 60% of the members are Paul Harris Fellows with majority of the remaining being sustaining members. The Club is also involved in a "Service Above Self" award given annually to a member of the community who has given outstanding service to the community in areas that are not directly related to their regular profession.

The members of the Rotary Club of Delray Beach pride themselves on living up to the Four Way Test and to our motto, "Service Above Self".


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