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About The Rotary Club of Cheltenham-Rockledge

Who We Are

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Rotary is the world's first service club. 
The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, on February 23, 1905.
Today, Rotary's has1.2 million  members in 34,000 clubs around the world. 
Rotarians plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch people's lives in their local communities and our world community. The Rotary Foundation provides some $60 million for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and humanitarian projects large and small that improve the quality of life for millions of people; it has the largest non-governmental scholarship program in the world. 
Rotary is  committed to the eradication of  Polio. We have partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & are working with national and international health organizations on this goal. 
The three remaining  Polio endemic countries are Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Our Goals and Beliefs

We are a group of professionals & entrepreneurs
dedicated to giving back to the local and global community
When you join a local Rotary Club, you become part of a global family that is committed to the highest standards of professional excellence. 

Our History

The Rotary Club of Cheltenham was formally admitted to membership in Rotary International at a banquet at the Old York Road Country Club on
Wednesday evening, June 4, 1952. Dr. Luther Kauffmann, a past president of Jenkintown Rotary, who organized the new club, acted as the master of ceremony. 
The first president of the Cheltenham club was Wilmont Fleming, Sr. His son, Wilmont Fleming, Jr., president elect of the Jenkintown club, presented his father with a Rotary bell and gavel that night. The new club was chartered with 26 members and held it's meetings at the Melrose Country Club. Membership in the club has spanned generations. First president Wilmont Fleming's second son, Bill Fleming, was a past president and longtime member ofthe club. 
Second president Homer Hoffman's son, Mike Hoffman, is a current member and past president. Earle Wagner and his son, Dr. E. Noble Wagner, a current member of the club, are both past presidents.
Over the years, in addition to the Melrose Country Club, meetings have been held at the Northeast Shrine Club, Pinocchio's Restaurant, Ruhling's Restaurant, the Philadelphia Protestant Home,
and currently, the Hop Angel Brauhaus at 7980 Oxford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia.
In 1980. the club expanded into the Rockledge community and became the Rotary Club of Cheltenham-Rockledge
It began accepting women into membership in 1988, and has been an ethnically,racially and religiously diverse organization over the years, that is open to all business or professional people, either active or retired, who either live or operate a business in the vicinity of Cheltenham and Rockledge.
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