The Rotary Club of San Francisco, the second oldest Rotary Club in the world, was founded November, 12 1908, 45 months after the first club was founded in Chicago.
 
Our club drove the active the initial expansion of Rotary, sponsoring the Rotary Club of Oakland (originally called the Tri-City Club) in February 1909, and the Rotary Club of Seattle and the Rotary Club of Los Angeles in June 1909. The growth of Rotary gained momentum and there were 16 Rotary Clubs established by the time of the first convention of the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America (now Rotary International) in 1910 in Chicago. In 1911 our club sponsored the  http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=969Rotary Club of Dublin, Ireland, the first Rotary Club outside of the United States.
 

Milestones of San Francisco Rotary

1905
1906
  • San Francisco's Great Earthquake and Fire.
1908
  • Under the leadership of Homer Wood, the Rotary Club of San Francisco has its founding dinner, after its first meeting in June. Homer Wood went on to found the Oakland, Seattle, and Los Angeles rotaries by 1909.
1915
  • The Panama-Pacific International Exposition is held in San Francisco. Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco lobbied for it to be held here. the Sixth Rotary Convention is held in San Francisco this year as well.
1923
  • The San Francisco Boys Club is chartered; three-quarters of its officers are Rotary members. Rotary helps create branches in Visitacion Valley and Telegraph Hill. In 1924, the Rotary Club of San Francisco begins sponsoring the Boys Club, now the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco.
1926
  • The Rotary Club of San Francisco forms the California Society for Crippled Children, the basis for the Easter Seals movement in California.
1930
  • The Rotary Club of San Francisco opens Camp Marwedel (later Camp Mendocino) for boys. In 1942 this camp is donated to the Boys Club.
1959
  • The San Francisco Rotary Foundation is founded.
1971
  • Henry "Bru" Brunnier dies, leaving $100,000 for the establishment of an educational scholarship fund in his name.
1980
  • The Bradford Swope Rotary Memorial Scholarship is founded.
1983
  • The first auction/dinner dance is held.
1985
  • The Rotary Club of San Francisco sponsors the first Camp Enterprise.
1987
1988
  • The Rotary Club of San Francisco sponsors its first Academic Decathlon.
1992
  • Rotaplast International is founded by President Peter Lagarias and member Angelo Capozzi, MD, and the Homer Wood Grove is dedicated in Golden Gate Park.
1993
  • Member Kay Clarke is the first woman to receive Rotary International's "Service Above Self" award.
1996
  • T. Otis Paul, MD founds Rotavision International.
1998
  • Boeddeker Park reopens, with help from the revitalization project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco.
2000
  • Kathy Beavers becomes the first woman president of the Rotary Club of San Francisco.
2004
2005
2006
  • Member Scharleen Colant receives Rotary International's "Service Above Self" award.
2008
  • The club celebrates its Centennial with a major series of events, including a black tie dinner attended by the President of Rotary International and dedication of new gymnasium at the Boys and Girls Club in San Francisco's Mission District.
2010
  • The Rotary Club of San Francisco sponsors the first Bike Build.
2015
  • The Rotary Club of San Francisco sponsors the first Backpack Dash.