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Every Rotary Club has its own projects and its own personality. We’d love for you to consider ours, but what is most important is that you find your own fit, get connected and start giving back.

This may tell you a little bit more about how our club is organized and who is doing what.  Now more than 98 years old, we are 1.2 million members strong, in 27,000 Rotary clubs from 150 countries around the world.  High Point Rotary: Engage. Learn. Give. Enjoy.

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High Point Rotary Club Historical Highlights

YearHighlight
1994Our club joins with the Kiwanis Club of High Point and the Business and Professional Men's Club to form Business Buddies, a partnership designed to increase business involvement in High Point's schools.
1992Art Linkletter is the special guest of the three Rotary clubs in High Point at their annual Thanksgiving luncheon.
1992The club's first annual Rotary-Greenway 5K race is held to support completion of the Greenway project.
1991Dr. Norman Vincent Peale presents the Thanksgiving program for High Point's three Rotary clubs.
1991Chip Wood brings honor to the Club when he is recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by Rotary International, one of its highest honors.
1988$78,000 is pledged by members of the club for Polio Plus, Rotary International's campaign to eradicate polio throughout the world by 2005
1983Our club's members provide and build a ranger's house for the Boy Scouts at Camp Uwharrie.
1978The North High Point Rotary Club, now known as the Triad Rotary Club, is chartered with sponsorship from the Rotary Club of High Point
1975Presidential hopeful and former California Governor Ronald Reagan speaks to hundreds at a weekly meeting of the Club.
1971High Point's second Rotary club, Furnitureland Rotary, is chartered with sponsorship from the Rotary Club of High Point.
1962Our club sponsors the first Rotary Career Day in High Point's high schools.
1961$2,100 is raised for the House of Prayer, beginning an association that eventually leads to donations of more than $75,000, and garners a Paul Harris Award for the club from Rotary International.
1959Rotary International President Harold Thomas visits the club to celebrate its fortieth birthday.
1958The first Rotary Barbecue and Auction is conducted by the club and raises nearly $6,000 for Camp Cheerio. Items for auction include a Jaguar Mark VII and a 1959 Plymouth. This event would become the club's primary fund raiser for nearly thirty years.
1953The first of many generations of High Point children enjoy riding the kiddie train at City Lake Park, thanks to its purchase by the Rotary Club of High Point.
1952A little-known entertainer named Andy Griffith, along with his wife, perform at the club's annual Ladies Night for a fee of $50. Four months later Griffith's career takes off with his hit recording of What It Was, Was Football.
1948Tune Times, a musicale to benefit the crippled children's fund is a tremendous success. In addition, the club also provides High Point's first iron lung machine.
1946Our club starts and underwrites the first driver training program in the North Carolina public schools. This was also the first program of its kind in the South.
1939Paul Harris visits Greensboro and is hosted by the local Rotary clubs for a speech at the O'Henry Hotel.
1930The Sheraton Hotel is the club's meeting place beginning in the thirties and on through the fifties.
1927The Rotary Club of High Point begins an association with the Boy Scouts that continues to this day.
May 1920A formal charter dinner is held at the Commercial Club (where the Holiday Inn was located). The club's official charter is presented by two representatives from Rotary International. The club grows slowly in its early years due to Rotary regulations at the time that permit only two new members per year. The club does grow quickly however in the area of service, becoming involved with most causes in High Point. High Point's first Rotarians were instrumental in organizing the Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Furniture Exposition Building, the Sheraton Hotel, the hospital, and the YMCA.
February 1920With sponsorship from the Greensboro Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of High Point is chartered as club number 617. The club's twenty charter members, the maximum allowed by Rotary International were:
S. Caldwell

Carter Dalton

J. J. Farris

C. M. Hauser

H. B. Hiatt
W. C. Idol

C. F. Long 

W. M. Marr

G. A. Matton

J. E. Millis
A. S. Parker

John R. Peacock

J. P. Rawley

Harry Raymond

L. C. Sinclair
Fred N. Tate

R. B. Terry

S. H. Tomlinson

R. H. Walker

Frank Wineskie
October 1919A group of men meet on Frank Wineskie's side porch on North Main Street in High Point, North Carolina to organize the city's first service club.