Rotary Club of Coachella Valley
Celebrating over 50 years of Community Service

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Where We Meet!

Welcome to our Rotary Club!

Coachella Valley Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
81539 HIGHWAY 111
Indio, CA  92201
United States
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Why Join Rotary?
What is Rotary?
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • First – The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • Second - High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • Third - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • Fourth - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

May is Rotary History Month
Rotary International was founded in 1905. What began as four men meeting in local Chicago businesses has now grown to 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to over 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
The First Years of the Rotary Club
The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, at Harris' friend Gustave E. Loehr's office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905. In addition to Harris and Loehr (a mining engineer and freemason), Silvester Schiele (a coal merchant), and Hiram E. Shorey (a tailor) were the other two who attended this first meeting. The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place.
The next four Rotary Clubs were organized in cities in the western United States, beginning with San Francisco, then OaklandLos Angeles, and Seattle. The National Association of Rotary Clubs in America was formed in 1910. On 22 February 1911, the first meeting of the Rotary Club Dublin was held in Dublin, Ireland. This was the first club established outside of North America. In April 1912, Rotary chartered a club in Winnipeg, ManitobaCanada, marking the first establishment of an American-style service club outside the United States. To reflect the addition of a club outside of the United States, the name was changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs in 1912.
In August 1912, the Rotary Club of London received its charter from the Association, marking the first acknowledged Rotary club outside North America. It later became known that the Dublin club in Ireland was organized before the London club, but the Dublin club did not receive its charter until after the London club was chartered.
During World War I, Rotary in Britain increased from 9 to 22 clubs, and other early clubs in other nations included those in Cuba in 1916, Philippines in 1919 and India in 1920.
In 1922, the name was changed to Rotary International. By 1925, Rotary had grown to 200 clubs with more than 20,000 members.

World War II Europe

Rotary Clubs in Spain ceased to operate shortly after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Other clubs were disbanded across Europe in 1938-1942 in the following order: Austria, Italy, Czechoslovakia, EstoniaLatviaLithuaniaPolandYugoslavia, Luxembourg, Hungary and Netherlands.

From 1945 onwards

Rotary clubs in Eastern Europe and other communist-regime nations were disbanded by 1945-46, but new Rotary clubs were organized in many other countries, and by the time of the national independence movements in Africa and Asia, the new nations already had Rotary clubs. After the relaxation of government control of community groups in Russia and former Soviet satellite nations, Rotarians were welcomed as club organizers, and clubs were formed in those countries, beginning with the Moscow club in 1990.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program to immunize all of the world's children against polio. Rotary is close to eliminating the second human disease in history after smallpox, with a 99 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program. In 1988, Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its partners the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Polio eradication remains Rotary’s top priority. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018 for polio eradication, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary has more than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 clubs among 200 countries and geographical areas, making it the most widespread by branches and second largest service club by membership, behind Lions Club International. The number of Rotarians has slightly declined in recent years: Between 2002 and 2014, they went from 1,245,000 to 1,222,000 members. In round numbers, North America accounts for 400,000 members, Asia for 320,000, Europe for 260,000, Latin America for 110,000, Oceania for 100,000 and Africa for 32,000.

From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age
“In the beginning of Rotary’s renaissance there was little to justify fond hopes and profound ambition, but the one element to all substantial achievement in all fields of human endeavor was present, and that was faith. Without faith, Columbus could never have fought his way against wind and wave to the western hemisphere. Without it, the brilliant Galileo and the patient Pasteur would have remained at the level of mediocrity. Without it, Rotary would have remained a lone maverick of clubdom.”

Rotary Club of Coachella Valley Projects
Collegiate Scholarships
Each year the club grants college scholarships to deserving students from the Coachella Valley.
Flying Doctors
Provides child car seats for distribution by Flying Doctors to those in need in Coachella Valley.
(Rotary Youth Leadership Camp)
Club provides support for local CVHS & DMHS students to attend a weekend of leadership training.
Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament
For over 50 years, the club has provided funds in support of local high school athletics for the spring baseball tournament.
Rotary Youth Exchange 
Members provide financial support for students to meet people from other countries and to experience their cultures.
Rotary Music Competition
Our annual Rotary Music Competition provides an introductory platform for high school
musicians to perform and, for many, advance their career opportunities.
Rotary 4-Way Test Competition
One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4 Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions of the things we think, say and do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?