During the first Rotary club meeting on February 23, 1905 in Chicago, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey and Silvester Schiele met to talk about their personal experiences. Harris then unfolded his general plan for their future club meetings. Paul Harris named the new club "Rotary" because members met in rotation at their various places of business. Club membership grew rapidly. Soon Paul became convinced that the Rotary club could be developed into an important service movement and strove to extend Rotary to other cities.
Watch a 1933 radio address of Paul Harris which is a compilation of audio and still pitcures on YouTube. For more historical information about Rotary, visit Rotary History and Archives or the Rotary Global History Fellowship.