About Us

Binghamton, NY  

Rotary International

The first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago, IL, on February 23, 1905, by a young lawyer named Paul P. Harris. Paul invited a coal dealer, a merchant tailor, and a mining engineer to discuss his idea that businessmen should get together periodically to enjoy each other’s company and to enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintance. Out of their discussion came the formation of a Club which would meet weekly to acquaint members with one another’s vocations and to promote business. The Club would meet in rotation at the offices of the members – hence the name Rotary.

Rotary Club of Binghamton

In 1912, Pliny W. Smith, a former Rochester dentist turned insurance man attended an insurance meeting in Buffalo where he learned of the emerging service club movement. Upon returning to Binghamton, he discussed what he had learned with attorney Robert S. Wickham, with whom he shared office space. Pliny and Bob formed our own Rotary Club on March 7, 1912, with 6 members. The Rotary Club of Binghamton was the sixty-fourth club chartered by Rotary International.



Kelly Grace

Immediate Past President

Brian Jester


President Elect

Carole Coppens, ccoppens@ywcaofbinghamton.org


President Elect Nominee


Jaclyn Boushie – Bombard

Assistant Treasurer

Alan Piaker

Office Executive

Robin Whalen

Paul Harris Fellow

“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”
– Paul P. Harris

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

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