“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”
—Paul P. Harris
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on February 23, 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
As Rotary grew, members pooled their resources and used their talents to serve their communities. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.
Rotary is indeed the preeminent service club of our time.
After World War II and in honor of Rotary’s deceased founder Paul Harris, many new clubs were formed. Rockport was one of those clubs. In 1948 Gene Albin solicited a group of notable Rockport citizens and with the help of the Rotary Club of Refugio, Texas chartered the Rotary Club of Rockport, Texas.
Twenty-three members made up the first founder’s club meeting and the club has boasted as many as 86 members in past years. Today we number thirty-five members and are looking for an additional few good men and women. Find out more about what we do at our website at www.RockportRotary.com.
For many years now our Rotary Club has fostered the idea of Service Above Self in the Rockport community. Rockport Rotarians recite the Rotary Four Way Test at every meeting and practice it in our business lives.
The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
We also add a fifth question – Is it FUN?