“WHATEVER ROTARY MAY MEAN TO US, TO THE WORLD IT WILL BE KNOWN BY THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES.”

—PAUL P. HARRIS

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT

Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:
We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.

NOTABLE ROTARIANS

Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the world’s greatest history-makers: 
  • Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
  • Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer
  • Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
  • Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate
  • Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate
  • Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate
  • Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
  • Jan Masaryk, foreign minister of Czechoslovakia
  • H.E. Soleiman Frangieh, president of Lebanon
  • Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
  • Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman
  • Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
  • Frank Borman, American astronaut
  • Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
  • Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer
  • Franz Lehar, Austrian composer
  • Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer
  • James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
  • Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president
  • Sigmund Sternberg, English businessman and philanthropist
Ready to make history with us? Get involved. 
 
PAST PRESIDENTS FOR SEBAGO LAKE ROTARY CLUB 
 
Mark Morrison                              2021-202
Marge Barker ………………………….2020-2021
Ingo Hartig………………………………..2019-2020
Cyndy Bell                                        2018-2019
Tony Plante                                     2017-2018
Mark Wasowski                              2016-2017
Debbie McPhail
 2014-2015    2015-2016
 Don Dyer
 2013-2014
 Steve McFarland
 2012-2013
 Renee Pottle
 2011-2012
 Donal Drew
 2010-2011
 Diane Hancock
 2009-2010
 Deborah McPhail
 2008-2009
 Nicole Lajoie
 2007-2008
 Mark Wasowski
 2006-2007
 Toby Pennels
 2005-2006
 Bruce Sawyer
 2004-2005
 Lori Lepauloue
 2003-2004
 George Timar
 2002-2003
 Ken Spooner
 2001-2002
 Tom Noonan
 2000-2001
 Don Drew
 1999-2000
 Jeff Martin
 1998-1999
 Jack Schraeter
 1997-1998
 George Bartlett
 1996-1997
 Bruce Cort
 1995-1996
 Pat Sparks
 1994-1995
 Tom Robinson
 1993-1994
 Roger Turgeon
 1992-1993
 Alan Mathieu
 1991-1992
 *
 1990-1991
 Richard Hunt
 1989-1990
 Richard Sanborn
 1988-1989
 Ingo Hartig
 1987-1988
 *
 1986-1987
 *
 1985-1986
 * 
 1984-1985
 Ted Rogers
 1983-1984
 Reggie Butts
 1983
* please pardon the missing past presidents as we attempt to compile a history of the Windham/Sebago Lake Rotary Club.