History of the Club

Originally chartered 1919 – 1952 as Club #545

We are currently researching the history of the Rotary Club of Shanghai – an illustrious club, the second to be established in Asia and the first in China. This is a work in process – but below are some interesting findings so far.

Historical Narratives

  •  RC Shanghai Historical Narrative – narrative

Our Club’s Key Documents 


In our recent history we also have had a few developments of note.

  • The “Expatriate Rotarians and Friends Shanghai” – was formally recognized by the RI Board in June 2001 and given the opportunity to become a “provisional” club
  • RCS received its second charter as club #60425 – 8 February 2006

Please contact our club historian if you would like more information – or have a story to tell – about the history of our club (randal@rotaryshanghai.org).

Charter History

The Shanghai club has a complex history as it was originally chartered in 1919 as the first club in China. Recently it was readmitted to the Rotary world as club #60725, chartered 8 February 2006.

#545 1 October 1919 Chartered
31 December 1943 Charter cancelled
27 March 1946 Re-Admitted
16 October 1951 Charter cancelled
#60725 16 June 2001 Provisional Status Authorized
8 February 2006 Chartered

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