Rotary Founder Paul Harris

The year was 1905. Chicago attorney Paul Harris was inspired to organize local business leaders for the purpose of networking, fellowship, but above all, providing humanitarian service. The benefits of these three goals were soon appreciated by Harris’ colleagues. Working together to improve the quality of life for some ultimately improves life for all. Good news travels. Soon the Rotary idea and ideals were spreading to other communities

In 1913, New Castle was a burgeoning community with heavy industry and manufacturing. Local businessmen, Atty. George Muse and pharmacist Scott Paisley initiated the effort that earned New Castle the distinction of being the 89th club chartered.

We are proud of our predecessors and their altruism through the decades.  Long ago, they set high standards for New Castle Rotarians.  We work hard to deserve the honorable legacy we have inherited, and we celebrate “Service above Self” with the same enthusiasm as our predecessors.