Brief histories of the
"First 100" Clubs
Rotary Club of Sioux City
International District 5610
Sioux City Downtown was formed on October 28, 1912, as Rotary Club #54.
The Chicago Founder's Club was only 7 years old at that time. Every "Mover
and Shaker" in Sioux City as belonged to this club. John C. Dye was a
temporary president, and due to a delay in acquiring the official charter,
the members formed a "commercial club" using Rotary's guidelines. At the end
of the first year, the club had 40 members.
In 1914, at the Rotary International convention in Houston, the Sioux City
delegation proposed a code of ethics, which was adopted, and later became
the basis for the famous Rotary "Four-Way Test." At the same convention,
Club 54 introduced the "Iowa Corn Song" to the world.
Our club's PUNCH became the second weekly organization newsletter in the
world, and is now the world’s oldest service club weekly publication.
In 1915, the first year fines were assessed for Service Above Self the club
collected $1.35. Today we gross nearly $20,000 per year by this method. In
the early years the club contributed to Fr. Flanagan's Boys Town, lithe Boy
Scouts. The fund was called the Boy Scout Fund after our club introduced the
Boy Scout movement to Sioux City. Until recent years 12 to 20 youth
organizations shard our annual "take", but for the past 5 years we award the
entire funds to one youth organization for a "brick and mortar project"
bearing our name.
During WWI, the entire club held membership in the Red Cross, and in 1920
hosted a picnic for 1,300 Sioux City boys.
Since 1978 our club has recognized an outstanding high school senior each
month, with the "Student of the Year" chosen at the end of the school year.
Each of the 8 monthly winners receives cash awards, scholarships, and
special recognition on local TV.
The Sioux City Downtown Rotary Club originated the Salvation Army Bell
The club was honored to have Paul Harris attend its 25th birthday party.
Sioux City Downtown has the area's finest programs, and is able to obtain
them because of the large luncheon attendance. Most every national leader
and industry CEO has been on our program list.
This club is one of the older clubs in the International World. We had a
heck of a 90th Birthday Party in October of '02. 20
Siouxland's largest service club, and the first service club in the world to
introduce singing at meetings.
4001 OLD LAKEPORT ROAD
SIOUX CITY, IOWA 51106