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service club

international formed community clubs

A group of men and women organized to perform voluntary community service. The first such club, for business and professional men, was formed in 1905 by US lawyer Paul Harris (1868–1947) in Chicago, IL, using the name Rotary (because the meetings took place at each member's office in turn). This grew into Rotary International, whose motto ‘Service above Self’ embodies the ideals of all service clubs, and which is now a worldwide organization. Women were admitted for the first time in 1987. Kiwanis International began in 1915 in Detroit, MI, and the International Association of Lions Clubs was formed in Dallas, TX, in 1917; there are many others. All sponsor a wide range of community projects.

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