Club History

More than 50 years after the first Rotary club was founded in Georgia, a group of prominent Atlantans felt the need for a club in the area known as Brookwood (now Midtown). Frederick Storey gathered four friends: Dr. John H. Ridley, Rufus H. Carswell, Bill Finch, and Lawrence deGive, on April 24, 1956, to plan the club. The group inducted 25 charter members on May 24, 1956 into The Brookwood Rotary Club at The Piedmont Driving Club. In 1985-86 our club changed its name to Brookwood Midtown Rotary and then changed it again to Midtown Atlanta Rotary in 1995-96.

The MIDTOWN ATLANTA ROTARY CLUB (MARC) remains one of the premier Rotary Clubs in the Atlanta area. We are committed to “Service Above Self” through community service projects and greater mutual understanding through fellowship. We meet for lunch every Tuesday at the Ansley Golf Club to hear from high-profile speakers and to enjoy the company of community-minded professionals. MARC is also actively engaged in service projects and social activities.

MARC is proud of its strong commitment to social change and inclusion. Demonstrating this commitment, MARC was among the very first Rotary clubs in the world to admit women. MARC took this step in 1989, immediately following the watershed moment in Rotary history when in 1989 the Rotary International Council on Legislation voted to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide.

In addition to MARC’s commitment to racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual diversity, the Club also has a strong commitment to community service and social mission in Midtown Atlanta and nearby neighborhoods. We also have a vibrant involvement with international service.