World Understanding and Peace Day 2024: Date, History, Meaning, Celebration,

Every February 23, World Understanding and Peace Day is observed. This day commemorates Rotary International's first convention.  

This business meeting was meant to be a place where backgrounds didn't matter, which led to Rotary International. 

One hundred nineteen years ago, friendship was envisioned. Today, our global network actively creates lasting change. 

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Rotary International, founded in Chicago, promotes world peace, humanitarianism, and goodwill.  

On February 23, 1905, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey met in Unity Building Room 711 in downtown Chicago.  

Rotary Club's first meeting. They called the new club “Rotary” after rotating meeting locations. 

.World Understanding and Peace Day commemorates Rotary International's founding meeting. 

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