About Rotary

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries.  The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory is committed to the motto "Service Above Self" and strives to enrich our community by giving our time, talents and charitable gifts in the name of Rotary.

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Women in Rotary discussed during club meeting

Although it may seem hard to believe, women membership in Rotary is relatively new. Tom Trollan shared the history of when and how women first became members of Rotary. He was there in California when the Duarte, California Rotary club in the late 70's invited several women to join. That action set off a series of events which finally in 1989 culminated in the Rotary constitution being modified to allow women to become members. The road to women membership was not without conflict and controversy however, with the original club that had invited women to become members having its official affiliation revoked for several years. Sad to say Rotary could not solve this problem on its own and the issue was taken to court where it was finally ruled that Rotary could not exclude women from membership. Mr. Trollan reminded us of the great vitality, impact and valuable perspective that women have brought to Rotary in the three decades that they have been members.

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