Rotary International is an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.
The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago in 1905. The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place, although the tradition of "Rotary in the workplace" still continues where a member will host the club for a meeting at his/her place of business.
The Edina Morningside Rotary Club was founded in December of 1989 and was sponsored by the Edina Rotary Club (aka: Edina Noon) as a morning alternative.
Morningside refers to an area of Edina that at one time was independent and then incorporated into Edina. Members of Edina Morningside Rotary Club generally do business or reside in the Edina area. We enjoy a rich heritage of neighborhood, community, and world international service.
In Edina, Rotary has had a lasting impact. Service defines Rotary's character; whether local or international, it promotes Rotary's appeal and visibility in the community, and is the reason Rotary continues to grow.
Rotary's Logo represents both civilization and movement: “Humanity in Motion.”  The emblem, a gearwheel with 24 cogs and six spokes, worn as a lapel pin, now identifies Rotarians around the world.  We wear it proudly as a way to promote Rotary.
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”