What is Rotary?

Marquette West Rotary Club (MWR) was founded in 1984. We meet on the First and Third Wednesdays of each month at noon at Doncker’s in downtown Marquette. Each meeting combines networking, club business, and an informative program. We try to keep each meeting to one hour, so members and guests can return to their schedule for the day. A buffet soup, salad, and sandwich lunch is part of each meeting.

MWR participates in community service projects. The club’s annual event HarborFest is held in Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park each August. This end-of-summer celebration combines good food, beverages, music, and family-friendly events. Admission is free and we invite Marquette area residents and visitors to join us. This is MWR’s only fundraising event, and funds raised from beverage sales, wristband donations, sponsorships, and vendor fees are used to provide grants to local non-profit organizations providing programs and services that improve the quality of life for Marquette County residents. Since the first festival held in 1984, MWR has raised over $700,000 that has been donated to local non-profits to improve our community.

MWR has 36 members who strive to honor Rotary’s Mission
“We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.”

Rotarians pledge “Service Above Self” and live by the Four Way Test
Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

We are affiliated with Rotary International (RI). Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

The Rotary Vision Statement says “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the glop, in our communities and in ourselves.”
Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.
Rotary’s programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world a better place, and making peace a priority. And our programs are not just for club members. Learn how you can make a difference in your community through Rotary.
For more than 100 years, Rotary’s guiding principles have been the foundation upon which our values and tradition stand. The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service express our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.
More information about Marquette West Rotary can be obtained by contacting Pam Christensen, Club Secretary at marquettewestrotary@gmail.con or (906) 869-4617.

The Seven Pillars of Rotary

• Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution.
• Disease Prevention and Treatment.
• Water and Sanitation.
• Maternal and Child Health.
• Basic Education and Literacy.
• Economic and Community Development.

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


– Paul Harris

Rotary founder

Rotary Founder Paul Harris