July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
Founded in 1914, the Rotary Club of Wilmington originally consisted of 22 charter members representing business owners and employees, professionals, homeowners, and one politician. Approximately one year later, the Wilmington club became the 148th member of the worldwide Rotary. The club has the distinction of meeting at the same location, the Hotel du Pont, since its organizational meeting.
Since its founding, the Rotary Club of Wilmington has directed its energy toward service, fellowship, promotion of ethical standards, and goodwill. Applications for membership are available to all who are interested in serving the community.
As an affiliate of Rotary District 7630, the Wilmington chapter joins clubs from Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. At the district level, the organization’s many programs include Easter Seals, Rotary Friendship Exchange, Rotary Leadership Institute, and a literacy program for children. The District organization enlists with the worldwide organization in a campaign to eradicate polio, an effort Rotary has promoted for more than 20 years. Today, the larger Rotary organization boasts more than 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries.
As a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, Delaware, John Kai Lassen has served the organization in a variety of capacities at both the local and district level. Locally, Lassen is former board member and club secretary, and began a four-year term as centennial chair in 2011. He is the former district secretary for Rotary District 7630, and currently serves as newsletter editor.