The Rotary Club (also known as Rotary International) was founded in Chicago in 1905. By today, it has over 34,000 clubs worldwide and a membership of more than 1.2 million.
Members of the clubs are business and professional people whose objectives include the maintaining of high ethical standards in the workplace, and the provision of some humanitarian services. At the local level, Rotary Club members, who are known as Rotarians, generally meet weekly to discuss club business and listen to a guest speaker.
Up until the 1980s, Rotary clubs generally did not admit women. However, prior to that point, many relatives of Rotary Club members joined a similar organisation known as the Inner Wheel.