The Rotary Club of York was formed in 1916 - just 11 years after Paul Harris formed the first Rotary Club in Chicago, Illinois. We are the largest club in Pennsylvania and the 24th largest in the world.


Nearly 300 members strong, we are a blend of business and community leaders who work towards the common goal of improving the community where we live, play, and work. Members of the Rotary Club of York put Service Above Self into action through participation in committees, projects, and events that target improvement in education, health, and the economy, both locally and throughout the world.


The club meets every Wednesday to hear well-respected speakers present on a wide variety of topics. In addition, our meetings provide an environment for fellowship and networking over a good meal. If this is the kind of group that appeals to you, contact us today!

About Rotary

Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.


Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 115 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.


Guiding Principles of Rotary

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

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.

The Four-Way Test

Throughout its history, Rotary Club members have asked themselves and others to take a simple but revealing Four-Way Test in business and in their personal lives:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?

  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?