The Yearly Years of Rotary
The first Club, in Chicago, with its initial four members, soon added Harry Ruggles and Bill Jensen to their number. Gus Loehr and Hiram Shorey did not stay as members for very long but new members were enlisted and, within just a few months, the Club membership grew rapidly.
By 1907 membership of the Club had risen to 87. In the following year, the second Club was formed in San Francisco, through a personal friend of Paul Harris. The San Franciscan Rotarians then formed a third Club in Oakland, a fourth in Seattle and a fifth in Los Angeles. New York and Boston soon followed.
In 1909 the Chicago Club had 300 members.
At the start of 1910 there were 16 Clubs, all in the USA, with a total membership of 1 800.