An interesting read on the eve of Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland’s Presidential Handover, where Nan McCreadie will become the first female President in its history

Rotary Membership Revival - The New Club Project

Rotary has a sex problem. It always has. Very likely, it always will. Rotary did not officially allow women into clubs until 1989. They were, essentially, forced to do that, by the United States Supreme Court. In 1977, the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, admitted three women to membership. Rotary notified the club that admitting women members was contrary to the standard club constitution and Rotary revoked the club’s charter. The Supreme Court in its decision stated, “The Court also has recognized that the right to engage in activities protected by the First Amendment implies a corresponding right to associate with others in pursuit of a variety of political, social, economic, educational, religious, and cultural ends. For this reason, [i]mpediments to the exercise of one’s right to choose one’s associates can violate the right of association protected by the First Amendment.”

I was a Rotarian when that decision was handed down…

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