About Baltimore Rotary

Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization and quickly expanded around the globe. The Baltimore Rotary Club was chartered in 1912. Clubs meet weekly for fellowship to discuss local and global topics. Clubs are nonreligious, nongovernmental, and open to every race, culture, and creed. As the oldest service club in the world, Rotary club members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, executives, managers, political leaders, and professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.

The main activities of the Baltimore Rotary Club are our annual Oyster Roast which raises funds for our Baltimore Rotary Foundation; a carnival for campers at the League for People with Disabilities’ Camp Greentop in June; a Crab Feast at the end of summer; and a bus trip to New York at the beginning of December. Our Community Service, Youth Service, and International Service Committees review grant requests and distribute over $80,000 annually.

Our club awards college scholarships to high school seniors graduating from Baltimore City Public Schools.  Interested high school seniors should contact College Bound Foundation to apply.  We also award scholarships to college juniors matriculating at the seven local private colleges and universities: Goucher College, The Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University of Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Peabody Institute, and Stevenson University.  Students interested in these scholarships should contact their financial aid offices.