From time to time we like to connect with Rotary around the world. This week we will provide a look into Rotary’s growth in China.
Rotary has a long history in China that dates back to 1919 when the first club in China (and the second club in Asia) was chartered in Shanghai. This first English-language club was predominantly comprised of expatriate Americans and British, but it soon took on a very international flavor as it welcomed other nationalities to its roster including prominent local Chinese businessmen.
Rotary flourished in China before and after the war, and ultimately spawned 33 clubs throughout the mainland up to Liberation in 1949. After 1949 however it quickly became impossible for Rotarians to meet and so most members moved abroad and so Rotary International formally disbanded the remaining clubs in 1952.
Here we are now in 2016:
There are currently 11 chartered Rotary clubs and 5 provisional Rotary Clubs in mainland China:
- Rotary Club of Beijing
- Rotary Club of Beijing Chaoyang ??
- Rotary Club of Beijing Mandarin ??
- Rotary Club of Chengdu
- Rotary Club of Chongqing (Provisional)
- Rotary Club of Dalian
- Rotary Club of Hangzhou (Provisional)
- Rotary Club of Kunshan ??
- Rotary Club of Nanning (Provisional) ??
- Rotary Club of Qingdao (Provisional)
- Rotary Club of Shanghai
- Rotary Club of Shanghai Fresh Start
- Rotary Club of Shanghai Pudong Lujiazui
- Rotary Club of Shanghai West ??
- Rotary Club of Suzhou
- Rotary Club of Tianjin
- Rotaract Club of Hult Shanghai
- Rotaract Club of NYU Shanghai
- Interact Club of Oxford International College (Changzhou) KS3
- Interact Club of Oxford International College (Changzhou) KS4/5
- Interact Club of Shanghai Community International School Hongqiao
- Interact Club of Shanghai High School International Division
Full Chronological List of CHINA Clubs (all disbanded in 1952 till now)
Before 1949 Rotary had established 32 Rotary clubs.
Shanghai 1919 October 1
Tianjin 1923 May 10
Beijing 1924 August 30
Guangdong 1932 April 25
Qingdao 1932 December 5
Jinan 1932 December 9
Hangzhou 1932 June 23
Hankou 1933 December 20
Fuzhou 1933 July 31
Xiamen 1933 October 23
Nanjing 1934 January 19
Wuhu 1936 February 6
Kaifeng 1936 May 13
Shantou 1936 May 21
Wuzhou 1936 May 22
Suzhou 1936 November 11
Ningbo 1936 September 2
Jingjiang 1937 April 2
Xian 1937 August 30
Wuxi 1937 June 16
Changsha 1937 June 28
Wuchang 1937 March 8
Kunming 1937 May 28
Chongqing 1937 Novenber 18
Chengdu 1939 January 2
Lanzhou 1943 November 11
Guilin 1944 June 16
Guiyang 1945 April 23
Liuzhou 1948 December 14
Nanchang 1948 March 29
Shenyang 1948 March 31
Shanghai West 1948 November 16
If visiting China, please make an effort to visit one of the new Rotary clubs in China and welcome them to the world of Rotary!