About Us

This is Rotary

Rotary is an opportunity to build lifelong friendships and experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to others. An organization of business and professional leaders, Rotary provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and builds good will and peace in the world. The world’s first service club, Rotary began with the formation of the Rotary Club of Chicago on February 23, 1905. The Club was started by a young lawyer, Paul Harris, and three of his friends. He wished to recapture the friendly spirit he felt among business people in the small town where he had grown up. Their weekly meetings “rotated” among their offices providing the new service club with a name. Today, Rotary flourishes with men and women as club members, providing community service in virtually every nation in the world. Rotary is The Rotary Foundation, which each year provides millions of dollars for international scholarships, culture exchanges, and humanitarian projects large and small that improve the quality of life of millions of people.

The Alexandria Rotary Club

The Alexandria Rotary Club was organized with a membership of 17 on February 18, 1938. The first Rotary luncheon meeting was at the Alexandria Hotel on February 24, 1938.

The club currently has nearly ninety members representing the full range of businesses and industries in the lakes area. From young professionals to executives to retirees, members of the Alexandria club have one thing in common: a passionate desire to be involved and make a difference in our community.

Service above Self!

Contributing to our community and the world remains a primary focus of Rotary. Among local organizations that have benefitted from the club are:

  • Alexandria Literacy Project
  • Local schools Dictionary Project
  • Warm Hearts, Warm hands
  • Maritime Museum Gardens
  • Douglas County Historical Society
  • Arbor Day plantings


At weekly meetings, service projects, socials, fundraisers and other gatherings, Rotarians enjoy friendship and camaraderie, professional networking and just plain fun.


Team-building., fundraising, public speaking, committee participation and project planning are just some of the skills Rotarians develop and enhance through their active involvement in the club.

Professional Ethics and Mentoring!

As community leaders and business professionals, Rotarians play an important role in promoting high ethical standards and integrity in professions. Rotarians serve as role models for those beginning their careers.