Service Above Self Since 1939
The first Rotary Club in the world was organized by Paul P. Harris, a young lawyer, on February 23, 1905, in Chicago, with the objective of encouraging and fostering the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. From its humble birth, Rotary quickly found appeal to businessmen in countries outside the United States, and continued to develop and expand within the United States as well.
In 1910, Rotary spread to Canada, and in 1911-12 to England, Ireland and Scotland, in 1916-18 to Cuba and Puerto Rico, and in 1919 to the Philippines.
It seems only fitting that in 1939, twenty years after Rotary had spread to the Philippines, that on 8 June 1939, Joseph Flores and C.C. Butler, two prominent businessmen of Guam, met with Carlos P. Romulo, director and Past Vice-President of Rotary International on his way from the Philippines to the Rotary International Convention in Cleveland, Ogio to make a preliminary survey of the possibilities for organizing a Rotary Club on Guam. This was after preliminary inquiries had been made with local business leaders in 1938, as to whether there would be an interest in establishing a Rotary Club on Guam.
Then, on August 30, 1939, the Rotary Club of Guam was chartered and became the largest and oldest Rotary Club in Marianas and throughout Micronesia.
2020-21 Rotary Club of Guam Board of Directors
President - Phil Hagen • Vice President - Duce Ramos • Secretary - Bob Kelley • Treasurer - Tae Oh • Community Services Director - Erica. Garrido • Vocational Services Director - Arlene Taitingfong • International Service Director - Brad Kloppenburg • Past President - Beverly Brady