"Getting things done and having fun" describes the Rotary Club of Central Lawrence. Lawrence Central Rotary was formed and chartered in the spring of 2003. Ed and Jerry Samp are brothers who brought their vision of a new rotary group located in historic downtown Lawrence to fruition. Our membership is small, under 30 members, but growing. To read an article in the Journal World back from February of 2003 when Ed Samp announced the forming of the new club click HERE.
Our club is located in district #5710 and our club is #61504.
Lawrence, Kansas currently has two other Rotary clubs, the Lawrence Monday Noon Rotary Club and the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club which meets on Thursday mornings. Both clubs have larger memberships and meet on the west side of Lawrence.
Rotary was born in 1905, the idea of an attorney Paul Harris, who along with four of his business friends founded the first Rotary Club. Harris' idea was that business leader's should meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and to enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances. The name "Rotary" derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among member's offices. As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the professional and social interests of Club members. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in it's principal motto: "Service Above Self."