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Rotary was founded on February 12, 1905 in Chicago, IL. Today is has more that 35,000 clubs in 200 countries. Rotary is open to everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. It promotes peace and conflict resolution, fights disease, provides clean water and sanitation, saves mothers and children, supports education and grows local economies. Locally in Des Moines there are more than 1,100 Rotarians in 11 clubs. The Rotary Foundation, like Urbandale, is celebrating its Centennial in 2017. The Foundation was established as an endowment "for the purpose of doing good in the world".