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The first Rotary Club meeting was February 23, 1905 in Chicago. Although Paul Harris was the founder and organizer of the first club he was not selected to be president. By 1910 there were 16 Rotary Clubs which linked together to form the National Association of Rotary Clubs. Paul Harris was selected to be president of the national organization. In 1932 Rotarian Herbert Taylor was asked to take over the Chicago based Club Aluminum Company, which was facing bankruptcy. Looking for a way to save the company in the wake of the depression, he drew up a code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all public relations. The survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and continues to be the philosophy of Rotarians around the world. 4-Way Test Of the things we think, say or do: 1st Is it the TRUTH? 2nd Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3rd Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4th Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? In 1957 Rotary established Paul Harris Fellows for contributors of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation. Up until 1988 women were not allowed in Rotary!