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The Brattleboro Rotary Club was founded in 1950, thanks to the sponsorship of the Bellows Falls Rotary Club. We, in turn, sponsored the launch of the Brattleboro Sunrise Club in 1995. Ten years later, the Sunrise Club sponsored the new Deerfield Valley Club.

The Brattleboro Rotary Club is an active community service club of about 90 members. Our members engage in community and human service projects locally and internationally.

Two of our major fundraising projects each year are the Hank Olson Charity Golf Tournament in June, which was launched in 1975, and the Christmas Tree Sale, which began a decade earlier in 1965. The funds raised go to local community service projects, college scholarships for area high school seniors, and local and international humanitarian organizations.

Our community outreach each year also includes, among other activities, hosting a Sugar-on-Snow event at the Brattleboro Winter Carnival in February; co-sponsoring Project KidCare, a photo ID event at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital's Health Fair in September; welcoming local high school students into our annual Student Rotarian Program; and providing for senior gift-giving during the holiday season.

One of our Club's proudest achievements is the founding of Pure Water for the World. The initiative began with Brattleboro Rotary Club member Peter Abell, a dentist who traveled with other local dentists and eye doctors to provide medical services to villages in El Salvador. He decided to organize a club effort to help Salvadoran villagers achieve potable water year-round. The Pure Water initiative has since spun off into a private foundation that has had much success. To read more about Pure Water for the World, visit the PWW website.

Read more about our history and our charter members.

Learn more about the funds we raise and distribute through our annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser and our Gift Giving Committee.

View a list of our past presidents.

View a list of our Paul Harris Fellows and Sustaining Members.