Rotary began as an idea more than 100 years ago. Today, Rotary flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary History and Archives

Is the authority on Rotary's rich, evolving history. Located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, USA, the History and Archives team continues to update and provide access to its collection of tens of thousands of items from all over the world.


Dartmouth Rotary Club


Chartered on November 9, 1955, with the guidance of Milt Burghardt and Kim White. The initial membership of 25 Rotarians met weekly at Dugdale's Town House, whose owner, Darold Dugdale was a charter member.


Over the years the Rotary Club has provided a variety of civic services for the community of Dartmouth, Massachusetts as well as continuing to present scholarships to graduates of Dartmouth High School, and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and awards to Dartmouth Middle School eighth graders.


Dartmouth Rotary Club has been a strong supporter of the public libraries, having conducted several projects for their benefit. Other activities have been aimed specifically at the town's youth and its senior citizens. Of special note is the Rotary's construction of the gazebo at Apponagansett beach, which serves as the stage area for summer concerts, and other entertainment and recreational programs.


Rotary International educational programs are designed to promote international understanding by bringing people together from different countries and cultures. 


Ambassadorial Scholarships are awarded to students to serve as ambassadors of good will while studying in countries other than their own. The Dartmouth Rotary Club was privileged to serve as host for a scholar in 2002. Our scholar, Hitomi Shibata, an accomplished ceramics artist from Japan, furthered her studies in ceramics at UMass Dartmouth. 


The Dartmouth Rotary Club would be pleased to further discuss your interest or talk with a student you feel would benefit from this inspiring program, or the Rotary World Peace Scholarships and Group Study Exchange.


Your Dartmouth Rotary Club has actively supported local community service projects and has an on-going support for Rotary International's global efforts to eradicate Polio, to provide Pure Water and improve Literacy worldwide.


We welcome your participation as a prospective new Dartmouth Rotary Club member, as a speaker or as our guest to attend one of our membership meetings. Call 508 998-9975