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St. Louis #11
The St. Louis Club is known as Club 11, having been the eleventh club organized and admitted to membership in Rotary International. The first preliminary meeting was held on February 15, 1910. The permanent organization of the Club was effected on February 22, 1910, when the first meeting of the Club was held at the old Lippe's Café, Eight and Olive Streets. Twenty-five business and professional men were present, all of whom were then elected to membership. The club enjoyed steady growth and on March 1, 1910 the total membership was 153 members. By July 1, 1919 the total membership had reached 249. The first printed roster of the club was issued July 15, 1910, attracting nationwide attention at that time.

The club membership steadily increased until the depression year of 1912 when the membership dropped to 152 men. Since then there has been a steady growth in active membership representing almost every worthwhile business and professional classification in St. Louis.

The first president and leading organizer of the St. Louis Club was Bruno Batt who passed away during his term in office and was succeeded by Fraser Stewart. Many prominent men have served the Club as its President.

All about the International Conventions in St. Louis in 1923 & 1943

The delegates to the first convention of Rotary in 1910, in Chicago when the National Association of Rotary Clubs was formed. St. Louis was a forming club and was there.

Our delegation at Rotary's 2nd convention in Portland, Oregon, USA in 1911. A rare, early Rotary Global History photo.


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