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Rotary Club of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rotary International District 5520




Home of RI President

Clinton Anderson, 1932-1933

The Rotary Club of Albuquerque was chartered on June 24, 1916 as club number 242 of Rotary International ("RI"). Thirty-one charter members embraced the Rotary International motto of Service Above Self. Commitment to this principle remains the foundation of our club, now with a membership of over 340 community leaders.

The Rotary Club of Albuquerque has come a long way since its inception in 1916, yet it has retained the same fundamental organization and philosophy through the years. Our Club has served as a meeting place for the exchange of ideas and experiences of many people, members and visitors alike. The service ethic that Paul Harris enunciated in 1905 remains characteristic of Rotary, and community service projects continue to provide a central theme for our Club's activities. Helping to make the world a better place in which to live is a tall order, but our Rotary Club has certainly contributed greatly to the maturation of the city and region.

Among the first efforts of the Albuquerque Club was "boosting" the climate and health facilities of the city, at a time when tuberculosis sanatoria were a leading industry. Rotarians promoted and supported good roads for Albuquerque when it became apparent that the automobile was key to future growth, especially of Western cities. The Club helped direct attention to the recurring problem of flooding from the Rio Grande, and generated local support for the institution of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, which continues to deal with a variety of critical water issues.

Over the years the Club has strongly supported the efforts of youth groups, such as the Boy Scouts and the YMCA, that work to build better citizens. Many university students, from many nations, have benefited from the Rotary Club's commitment to higher education as a means of self-improvement and a vehicle to foster better international relations.

Rotary has played an important role too in the expansion of cultural life in Albuquerque. It launched the Symphony Orchestra that has delighted and inspired audiences for over a half-century, and it has helped sustain the Albuquerque Little Theater nearly as long. In more recent years, our Club has given solid support to museums in Albuquerque and the city's biological park.

Over the past 85 years, our Club has demonstrated the flexibility to adapt to a changing world without losing site of its reason for being. This is because the fundamental objects of Rotary are every bit as applicable today as they were in 1905. Service projects for the for the betterment of the community remain a vital component of Rotary. The Rotary Club of Albuquerque will continue to play a leading role in helping to solve problems and improve the community, as it nears the completion of its first century of service in Albuquerque. The moral and ethical foundations of Rotary are timeless, and will doubtless continue to inspire our members with a sense of civic virtue for many years to come.

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