Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world for over 110 years.

Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It 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, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.

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

Rotary founder


Rotary's founder Paul  Harris in his private office at the Law Offices of Harris, Dodds, and Brown in Chicago in 1909.
The first four Rotarians: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey and Paul p. Harris.
Picture was taken between 1905-1912 in Chicago
The first six Presidents of Rotary International at hte 1939 Rotary convention in Cleveland, OH, USA.
Font row: Paul P. Harris, Glenn C. Mead.
Back row: Russsell F. Greiner, Frank L. Mulholland, Allen D. Albert, and Arch C. Klumph.



The Rotary club of Paphos Aphrodite was founded in April 1997. Since then working according to the ideals of Rotary International has done several activities towards serving the local & international community. 

Please see below the list of Past Presidents of our Club since chartered:

Year 2023-2024
President: Reda Youssef
Projects: Shelterbox
Year 2021-2023
President: Juergen Krekeler
Projects: Various Projects



Year 2020-2021

President: Thorsten Quakernack
Projects: Rotary Square,  Tree Planting , Covid 19 Cyprus project, Help for Beirut & Cyprus Fires project



Year 2019-2020

President: Ian Graves

Projects: Covid 19 testing kits for Margarita Liasidou Foundation and food parcels for family in need because of Corona Virus Pandamic


Year 2018-2019

President:  George Kafizas

Projects: Focus on adults with special needs


Year 2017-2018

President: Panicos Georgiades

Projects: Cyprus Mega Project re Childhood Cancer, Minibus for Association for Autism, Euromeeting Paphos


Year 2016-2017

President: David Whindle

Projects: Supporting Cyprus Mega Project re Childhood Cancer, special chair for patients at General Hospital


Year 2015-2016

President: Panicos Georgiades

Projects: Supporting Association of Leukemia, Families in need via Paphos schools


Year 2014-2015

President: Xenia Papastylianou

Projects: Supporting Elderly (several modules)


Year 2013-2014

President: Julia Rautenschlein

Projects: Supporting Youth (several modules)


Year 2012-2013

President: Elena Ioannou

Projects: Supporting Children in Need & Special Needs (several modules)


Year 2011-2012

President: Carl-Erland Schroder

Project: Updated internal structure and increased international information


Year 2010-2011

President: Liza Tsadioti

Project: Supporting Local Charities, Euromeeting in Cyprus


Year 2009-2010

President: George Ioakim

Project: Health Equipment to the Cancer research center in Nicosia


Year 2008-2009

President: Elena Lazarou

Project: “Solar System” at “Margaritas Liasides Idrima” in Pafos


Year 2007-2008

President: Michalis Michael

Project: Make a wish and other various smaller projects.


Year 2006-2007

President: Micheal Heap

Project: Uganda Project


Year 2005-2006

President: Neophytos Zavridis

Project: Wishing Well Project – in a Public Place


Year 2004-2005

President: Michalakis Maratheftis

Project: Mini Bus (Ag. Theoskepastis)


Year 2003-2004

President: Vassos Komodromos

Project: Pruchase of 280 wheelchairs with the assistance of wheelchair Foundation for the needs of

the handicapped people of Cyprus.


Year 2002-2003

President: Demetris Loucaides

Project: Donation of financial aid for the support of needs of the society of families with more than  four children.


Year 2001-2002

President: Pantelis Evangelou

Project: Donation of 30 bicycles for the children of Rizocarpaso and also sponsoring of medical

house helpers for the benefit of cancer patient support group of Paphos.


Year 2000-2001

President: Christis Hadjimitsis

Project: Donation of a travelling educational package round Greece for the children of the Youth Hostel of Paphos.


Year 1999-2000

President : Simos Tselepos

Project: Donation of furniture and equipment for the “Vera Paisi” foundation which is against drug addiction.


Year 1998-1999

President: Zenonas Chryssostomou

Project: Donation of machinery for gymnastics, logotherapy and physiotherapy for the needs of the Margarita Liassidou foundation.


Year 1997-1998

President: Fantinos Hadjimitsis

Project: Cardiological machinery for the Paphos General Hospital and payment of two crossing lane traffic wardens for the school year for the 2nd  elementary school Demetrion.



Was the first amount donated to The Rotary Foundation in 1917.


Was the first gift from The Rotary Foundation to the International
Society for Crippled Children in 1930

Rotary will continue to grow and help others around the world.