We establish some of our most ambitious programs and partnerships. Building peace and fighting polio take on increased importance as we look for ways to make a lasting impact.
1985: Rotary launches PolioPlus
PolioPlus supports the commitment Rotary made a few years earlier to "eliminate polio though immunization." Today, that commitment remains a top priority and the PolioPlus program coordinates the efforts of Rotary and its partners.
1987: Women join Rotary
Women join Rotary clubs throughout the U.S. following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1989, women join clubs worldwide.
1988: Peace Forums and advocacy
The Foundation holds its first Peace Forum in Evanston, Illinois, USA, as part of a pilot program. The program is later broadened and peace-focused events continue under many names.
1988: Partners in the fight against polio
Inspired by Rotary's immunization work in the Philippines and global fundraising success, the World Health Assembly sets a goal of worldwide polio eradication. Rotary is a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
1999: Peace Centers empower leaders
Foundation Trustees approve the creation of the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, now known as Peace Centers. An inaugural class of Rotary Peace Fellows begins studies in 2002.
2004: Arch Klumph Society recognizes donors
Rotary creates the Arch Klumph Society to recognize individuals, couples, and organizations that have contributed $250,000 or more to the Foundation. The first annual dinner is held at the 2005 convention in Chicago.