Famous Rotarians


Max Cointreau   Rotary Club of Paris, France   Owner, Cointreau liquor enterprise

Raymond F. Firestone   Rotary Club of Akron, OH   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.

Joyce C. Hall   Rotary Club of Kansas City, MO   Founder of Hallmark Cards

Reijiro Hattori   Rotary Club of Tokyo Ginza, Japan   chairman, Seiko

Konosuke Matsushita   Rotary Club of Osaka, Japan   President, Matsushita Electric Co.

Dr. Charles H. Mayo   Rotary Club of Rochester, MN   Co-founder of Mayo Clinic

Toyohiko Mikimoto   Rotary Club of Tokyo, Japan   Mikimoto Pearl Co.

Heinrich Nordhoff   Rotary Club of Braunschweig, Germany   President, Volkswagen

J.C. Penney   Rotary Club of New York, NY   Founder of J.C. Penney stores

Sir Kenneth Fung Ping-Fan   Rotary Club of Hong Kong   Bank of East Asia, Ltd., Hong Kong; past RI Director

Leopoldo Pirelli   Rotary Club of Milano   President, Pirelli Tire Co. Italy

The 'Colonel' Harland Sanders   Rotary Club of Jeffersonville, ID   Founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

Kiyoshi Seike   Rotary Club of Tokyo-Meguro   Japanese architect

Kiyoshi Togasaki   Rotary Club of Tokyo   President and Chairman, Japan Times; past RI President

Claude Vuitton   Rotary Club of Paris-Nord, France   Owner, Vuitton luggage enterprise

Charles R. Walgreen, Jr.   Rotary Club of Chicago, IL   Chairman of the board of the Walgreen Drug Company

Sam Walton   Rotary Club of Bentonville, AK   Founder of Wal-Mart


Roald Amundsen   Rotary Club of Oslo, Norway   First person to reach the South Pole in 1911

Neil Armstrong   Rotary Club of Wapakoneta, OH   Astronaut & first man to walk on the moon

Frank Borman   Rotary Club of Space Center, Houston, TX   U.S. astronaut

Richard E. Byrd   Rotary Club of Winchester, VA   Arctic explorer

Gordon Cooper   Rotary Club of Space Center,  Houston, TX   U.S. astronaut

Sir Edmund Hillary   Rotary Club of Auckland   New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist and the first person to reach the top of Mt. Everest.

Charles Lindberg   Rotary Club of Edinburgh   American aviator


Thomas A. Edison   Rotary Club of Orange, NJ   Inventor

Guglielmo Marconi   Rotary Club of Bologna, Italy   Inventor of the wireless, 1909 Nobel Prize recipient for physics

Orville Wright   Rotary Club of Dayton, OH   Co-inventor of the first successful airplane


Prince Axel   Rotary Club of Copenhagen, Denmark   Prince of Denmark

Prince Bernhard   Rotary Club of Amsterdam, Netherlands   Prince of the Netherlands

HRH Prince Charles   Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan   Prince of England

HRH Prince Phillip   Rotary Club of Edinburgh   Prince of England

Prince Rainier III   Rotary Club of Monaco   Prince of Monaco

Greve Af Rosenborg Flemming   Rotary Club of Copenhagen   Danish Count

Tsuneyoshi Takeda   Rotary Club of Tokyo-North   Japanese Royal Prince



Asgeir Asgeirsson   Rotary Club of Reykjavík, Iceland   President, Iceland

Eduard Benes   Rotary Club of Prague, Czechoslovakia   President, Czechoslovakia

Alcino Cardoso   Rotary Club of Porto-Douro   Secretary of State, Portugal

Sir Winston Churchill   Rotary Club of London   Prime Minister, England & Leader of UK during WWII

Michel Debré   Rotary Club of Amboise   Foreign Minister and Minister of Finance, France

Jorge Fidel Duron   Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa; past RI vice president   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honduras

Diane Feinstein   Rotary Club of San Francisco, CA   U.S. Senator

Gerald R. Ford   Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, MI   President, USA

J. William Fulbright   Rotary Club of Fayetteville, AR   U.S. Senator from Arkansas

Hans-Dietrich Genscher   Rotary Club of Bonn Süd-Bad Godesberg   Foreign Minister, Germany

Zbigniew Gertych   Rotary Club of London, England   Polish Ambassador to GreatBritain

Dr. Lorenzo Guerrero Gutierrez   Rotary Club of Granada   President, Nicaragua

Warren G. Harding   Rotary Club of Washington, DC   President, USA

Steingrimur Hermannsson   Rotary Club of Reykjavík   Prime Minister, Iceland

Sydney G. Holland   Rotary Club of Christchurch   Prime Minister, New Zealand

John F. Kennedy   Rotary Club of Hyannis, MA   President, USA

Abdulla Khalil   Rotary Club of Khartoum   Prime Minister, Sudan

Chung Yul Kim   Rotary Club of Hanyang   Prime Minister, Korea

Karl Kobelt   Rotary Club of St. Gallen   President, Swiss Confederation

Chucri Kouatly   Rotary Club of Damascus   President, Syria

Jan Masaryk   Rotary Club of Prague   Foreign Minister, Czechoslovakia

Cesare Merzagora   Rotary Club of Milano   President of the Senate, Italy

Leonard Mulama   Rotary Club of Kisangani   Prime Minister, DemocraticRepublic of the Congo

Duck Wo Nam   Rotary Club of Hanyang   Prime Minister, Korea

Choong Hoon Park   Rotary Club of Hanyang   Prime Minister, Korea

Raul Sapena Pastor   Rotary Club of Asunción   Prime Minister, Paraguay; past RI District Governor

Konstantin Päts   Rotary Club of Tallinn   President, Estonia

Antoine Pinet   Rotary Club of Saint-Etienne   Prime Minister, France

General Augusto Pinochet   Rotary Club of Santiago, Chile   General and Leader

Emilio Pucci   Rotary Club of Florence, Italy   Italian couturier and politician

Nereu Ramos   Rotary Club of Florianópolis   President, Brasil

Bhichai Rattakul   Rotary Club of Dhonburi   Foreign Minister, Thailand; RI president

Carlos P. Romulo   Rotary Club of Manila   Philippine Brigadier General in WWII, Ambassador of the Philippines to the US, President of the 4th session of the United Nations 1949

Franklin D. Roosevelt   Rotary Club of Albany, NY   President, USA

General Carlos Romulo   Rotary Club of Manila   President, Philippines; past RI Vice President

Wolfgang Schallenberg   Rotary Club of Wien   Austrian Ambassador to France

Walter Scheel   Rotary Club of Bonn am Rhein   President, Germany

Adlai E. Stevenson   Rotary Club of Springfield, IL   U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of Illinois

Woodrow Wilson   Rotary Club of Birmingham, AL   President, USA & Nobel Prize laureate in peace

Chia-kan “C. K.” Yen   Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan   President, Republic of China-Taiwan

Chang Soon Yoo   Rotary Club of Hanyang, South Korea   Prime Minister


Harry A. Blackmun   Rotary Club of Rochester, MN   U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Marcelo B. Fernan   Rotary Club of Cebu West   Chief Justice, Supreme Court, Philippines

Earl Warren   Rotary Club of Sacramento, CA   Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Byron R. White   Rotary Club of Denver, CO   U.S. Supreme Court Justice


Jose Belloni   Rotary Club of Montevideo   Sculptor, Uruguay

John Briggs   Rotary Club of Bingley, England   British concert pianist

Josep MaVayreda Canadell   Rotary Club of Gerona   Spanish painter

Roger Chapelain-Midy   Rotary Club of Paris   French painter

Cecil B. De Mille   Rotary Club of Hollywood, CA   motion picture director

Maurice Denuzière   Rotary Club of Vitry-Sud-Est de Paris   French writer Louisiana

Walt Disney   Rotary Club of Palm Springs, CA   Animation filmmaker

Edgar A. Guest   Rotary Club of Detroit, MI   American journalist and poet

Franz Lehar   Rotary Club of Vienna   Austrian composer

Thomas Mann   Rotary Club of Munich   German novelist, 1929 Nobel Prize recipient for literature

Robert Manuel   Rotary Club of Paris, France   Director, Marigny Theatre, Paris

Norman Vincent Peale   Rotary Club of New York, NY   American author and minister

Joan Abello Prat   Rotary Club of Barcelona Condal   Spanish painter

James Whitcomb Riley   Rotary Club of Indianapolis, ID   American poet

Sigmund Romberg   Rotary Club of New York, NY   American composer

Jean Sibelius   Rotary Club of Helsinki- Helsingfors, Finland   Composer

Jack Williamson   Rotary Club of Portales, N.M.   American science fiction author

Philip Wylie   Rotary Club of Middletown, CO   American author and social commentator

Willy Zumblick   Rotary Club of Tubarão   Brazilian painter


Holly Compton   Rotary Club of St. Louis, MO   1927 Nobel Prize recipient for physics

Pope Francis   Rotary Club of Buenos Aires   Pope

Ko Hirasawa   Rotary Club of Kyoto East, Japan   Japanese anatomist and president of Kyoto University

Ko Hirasawa   Rotary Club of Kyoto East   Japanese anatomist and president of Kyoto University

Duke Kahanamoku   Rotary Club of Honolulu, HI   Olympic gold medalist, "Father of Surfing"

Tapio Korjus   Rotary Club of Lapua Kiviristi, Finland   1988 Olympic Gold Medal winner javelin

Hans Küng   Rotary Club of Reutlingen-Tübingen, Germany   Theologian

Jean Leclant   Rotary Club of Paris   French Egyptologist

Connie Mack   Rotary Club of Fort Myers, FL   Baseball Hall of Fame manager and team owner

Georges Octors   Rotary Club of Brussels   Belgian orchestra conductor

Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao   Rotary Club of Manila, Philippines   World champion professional boxer & politician

Luciano Pavarotti   Rotary Club of Modena   Italian opera singer

Donna Shalala   Rotary Club of Madison, WI   Secretary of Health and Human Services, USA

Kenjiro Shoda   Rotary Club of Osaka   President, Osaka University, Japan

Tris Speaker   Rotary Club of Cleveland, OH   Baseball Hall of Fame player

Sir Sigmund Sternberg   Rotary Club of London   Director, Sternberg Centre for Judaism, England