Founded in 1913, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee just surpassed its 110th year of making a difference in the community. We made significant impact over the decades, including:


1939  Establishment of the Better Business Bureau

1953  Helped bring the Braves to Milwaukee (right, Milwaukee Milwaukee aldermen survey the location for County Stadium)

1982  Created Second Harvest, now Feeding American Eastern Wisconsin

1990  Launched the Children's Health Education Center, now the Healthy Kids Learn More e-Learning Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin


1994  Founded River Revitalization Foundation with Milwaukee Kiwanis

2002  Purchased naming rights of the Milwaukee Rotary Amphitheater at Discovery World

2007  Created the free Live @ the Lakefront concert series at the Amphitheater (left, Live @ the Lakefront concert at Milwaukee Rotary Amphitheater at Discovery World)

2008  Initiated the renovation of the Brown Street Academy and Johnsons Park

2013  Opened the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum

2017  Joined community leaders to create the MKE Urban Stables

Rotary Through the Years

To mark the 110 anniversary of our club, we are posting a monthly chronicle of what was happening at Rotary, in the city, the state and the world beginning with 1912 to 1920. Check back each month to read these historical tidbits