Our Rotary Club

Join leaders, exchange ideas, and take action.

For more than 100 years, Rotary has been an organization of business and professional people united in the idea of service to others. With over 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries, Rotary is one of the world’s largest service organizations. Rotary primarily works through its 34,000 independent clubs.

Some may wonder why Downtown Rotary is also known at The Rotary Club of Springfield even though there are other Rotary clubs in town. The Rotary Club of Springfield (aka Downtown Rotary) was the first Rotary Club to be chartered in Springfield Missouri on June 1st, 1919. Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International, was among our guests of honor that day. Our club has been a community leader on many fronts ever since.

Some of our highlights over the years have included bringing the Boy Scouts to Springfield and joining with the other five Rotary clubs to purchase two Mobile Food Pantry trucks for Ozarks Food Harvest. Downtown Rotary was also instrumental in establishing the Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival, held each April at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. To date, the festival has raised more than $1.5 million for children’s charities.

Downtown Rotary is a great way to join forces with the leaders in our community. We believe in building strong friendships by helping each other while giving back to make Springfield a better place to live and raise our families. “Service Above Self” means we focus on improving not only our community, but lending a hand around the world to provide opportunities for future generations.

If you’re interested in making a difference, then join us every Tuesday at Noon at Kentwood Hall in downtown Springfield. Exchange ideas as we listen to speakers, host visitors, travel, and trade thoughts at less formal events. Take action with us because together our efforts multiply to make a lasting change in the world, locally and globally.

If you’re looking to do more community service, expand your worldview, and find broader relationships, come join us at breakfast or any one of our events. We have four avenues of service, broken down into club service, vocational service, community service, and international service. These have the following results:

Local Impact

Local Impact

Each year, our club picks a local charity to partner with in the community. We are currently donating books, clothing and performing service projects to benefit Weaver Elementary. Last year, we partnered with Rare Breed, a local youth shelter by helping serve food, gather winter clothing, donating items and mentoring. One of the ways that all the Springfield Rotary clubs work together is our annual Rock N’ Ribs event. Proceeds from this great event benefit local children’s charities. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference right here in our community with Downtown Rotary. See our Community Service page for more information.

Global Impact

Global Impact

On a global scale, our Downtown Rotarians not only contribute their dollars to help eradicate Polio and provide clean drinking water, but several members of our club have taken the time to travel to distant areas to help make a difference. Several members of Downtown Rotary have visited our sister city in Tlaquepaque, Mexico to assist in acquiring medical instruments for a public school. Our travelling Rotarians experience immediate connections, even half way around the world. The spirit of Rotary is universal and each club finds ways to help their community. Through collaboration, our club has been able to make a difference globally. See our International Service page for more details.

Lifelong Friends

Lifelong Friends

Becoming a member of Downtown Rotary is not just about networking or building your business. It’s about coming together with the common goal of making a difference in our community. Our Rotary club is a place where strong business leaders become community leaders and lifelong friendships are forged. Downtown Rotarians support the community, but they also support one another both in times of joy and times of sorrow and offering help when and where it’s most needed.