Rotary turns 109

Rotary International turned 109 years old on Sunday.

Rotary International Clubs across the world and even right here in the Heartland had a big reason to celebrate Sunday.

Members of 12 local Rotary Clubs in both Missouri and Iowa held a brunch at the Kirksville Country Club Sunday morning. They commemorated the club's 109th birthday.

It was back on this day in 1905 when a group in Chicago created a service group called Rotary which today now has 34,000 clubs around the world and 1.2 million members.

For many of the members, this was a day of both reflection and excitement for the future.

"The spirit of Rotary is service above self. That is what we believe. That's what we promote and we want everyone who is interested to become involved in this because that's our motive," said Past Rotary International Club President Ray Klinginsmith.

Truman State University's President Dr. Troy Paino was also at the event. He spoke about the importance of younger generations getting involved in service groups such as Rotary International.

The three Kirksville Rotary Clubs are planning to celebrate the club's 110th birthday next year.