Rotary Club of Frederick, Maryland | About Our Club

Service has been the Rotary Club of Frederick’s hallmark since it was founded in 1920. Starting on July 1, 2020 and concluding on June 30, 2021, the Club will celebrate 100 years of service to our local and global community with activities, events, and projects.

Service Above Self

In addition to the local and international service projects we create and manage ourselves, we also award service partnership grants to nonprofits to extend their reach in our community. Service partnership grant recipients are selected based on how closely their missions align with Rotary’s areas of focus, including education and literacy, economic and community development, maternal and child health, and disease prevention and treatment.

First Century Trust

For the past decade, the members of our club have been building a fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County called the First Century Trust. Founded with a bequest from longtime Rotarian W. Meredith “Mutt” Young* and his wife Helen, the fund is expected to hit the $1 million mark by the Club’s 100th Birthday in 2020.

Going forward, an estimated 5% of the Fund’s $1 million principal will be invested in Rotary projects every year at the discretion of the President and Board of Directors to improve the quality of life in Frederick and around the world. Because the $1 million value of the Fund will never be used, it will add $50,000 to the Rotary Club of Frederick’s service budget every year in perpetuity.
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The Rotary Club of Frederick is the largest of the 63 clubs in Rotary International’s District 7620. In compliance with the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently meeting via a videoconferencing application every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 PM to conduct club business, host local students, keep our local and international service projects on track and participate in a program of general interest. (If you would like to join us for an upcoming virtual meeting, email our Sergeant-at-Arms for log-in information. We look forward to resuming our meetings in person at Dutch’s Daughter restaurant when it is safe to do so.

Rotary International Foundation

The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives in our home communities and around the world.

The mission of The Rotary International Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, The Rotary Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can continue to make lives better in your community and around the world.

Members of the Rotary Club of Frederick traditionally donate a minimum of $100 annually to the Rotary International Foundation. When a member’s donations reach $1,000, they are presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of their generosity.

Checks can be written to The Rotary International Foundation and mailed to One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 or use the DONATE button below and make a secure gift online with a credit card.


What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.