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Rotary: Service over Self

By Skip Essick

For 60 years, Club Rotario of San Miguel de Allende has used its passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy to peace to water and health, Club Rotario works to better our community. The Rotary motto, “Service above Self,” clearly defines this local and worldwide organization.

Rotarian service began in 1905. It was called “Rotary,” because the meetings would rotate between members’ offices. Ten years later, the Rotary Foundation and Rotary International were divided for more efficiency.

In Mexico, the first Rotary Club (Club Rotario Ciudad de Mexico) was founded in 1921. The Second Rotary club was Club Rotario de Tampico in 1922. The First Mexican president of Rotary International was selected in 1928.

Club Rotario of San Miguel de Allende was chartered in 1958 when 24 San Miguel businessmen came together and named Salvador de Lara Martinez as the first club president. In 2006, Club Rotario then sponsored Rotary San Miguel de Allende Midday, (one of only two English-speaking Rotary clubs in México) and in 2015, a Young Rotarian club (Rotaract San Miguel).

In August 2018, Club Rotario of San Miguel Allende will commemorate 60 years working in Rotary International’s five Areas of focus—promoting peace, fighting diseases, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.

In 1987, Rotary began accepting women as members. In 2018, Club Rotario is proud to have an even split of men and women members. And, as women achieve greater leadership roles in all aspects of life around the world, Club Rotario will have all-female committee chairs for two years and a female president in 2019–2020. The Midday Rotary Club has seen its female membership increase as well.

Join the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende for a historical look at Rotary. Club Rotario’s incoming president, Carlos Olivares, will review the club’s accomplishments of the past and hopes for the future.

Olivares, raised in both Mexico and Chile, studied economics and management in the United States. He was executive director of Feed the Hungry San Miguel and currently is an advisor for several NGOs.

Rotary is for women and men who want to give back to their communities. Both local clubs are accepting new membership applications. Please join us on Tuesday, June 19 at 12pm at the Hotel Mission on Salida a Queretaro. Parking is free, and the hotel is easily accessible by bus.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact Midday President Fred Collins at and see


Rotary Presentation

“Service over Self”

By Carlos Olivares

Tue, Jun 19, 12pm

Hotel Misión

Salida a Querétaro 1


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