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Newton Rotary Club Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision Allowing Women into Rotary Clubs


It’s been only 30 years since women have been allowed, in this  club, or any of the other 32,000 world wide clubs.

Club Historian Bob Shankman will offer a 15 minute program that traces the progress and pitfalls of the movement, that began in 1905.

Prior to the decision women were not allowed as members.

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The change was mandated by a Supreme Court decision announced on 5.4.87

A chronology of important events is attached .

Note: As of this date, the following invited guests will attend:

Bob Pityo: Mr Pityo voted for the change at the first meeting, of the International Council of Legislation, which voted to eliminate the “men only” requirement. This meeting was held in Singapore, in 1989.

Laura Camp: The first woman in the Newton Rotary Club

Pam Lazarro: The second woman in the Newton Rotary Club

  Note: Both are still members

The Newton Rotary Club  meets  each Wednesday at 12:15 at The Spring Street Grill. Prospective members and guests are invited. Lunch is $15.00 The public is invited to this meeting.



  • The original constitution made no mention of gender, but it was implied to mean “men only”
  • International efforts to include women began as early as 1912
  • The constitution was changed in 1921 to explicitly restrict membership to men
  • The Duarte, California club inducted two women in 1977
  • R.I. revoked their charter in 1978
  • A 10 year legal battle ensued resulting in the US Supreme Court stating that “women cannot be excluded”
  • R.I. reacted fast and changed the Constitution
  • The decision was a major news event and important civil rights advance.
  • NJ HERALD featured front page story 5/5/87    WOMEN ALLOWED IN ROTARY
  • Newton Rotary admitted 3 women in 1988.
  • 2017 is the 30th Anniversary of the Court decision

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Tue, March 20, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

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Sat, March 24, 9:30 AM

Sparta Recreation Department, Sparta

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

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Sat, March 24, 10:30 AM

Dykstra Park, Sparta

UNICO Easter Egg Hunt

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, March 24, 6:00 PM

McKenna Hall, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Sparta

Night with NJ Giants #53 Harry Carson Beefsteak


Sat, March 24, 6:00 PM

Perona Farms, Sparta

Trout Unlimited Annual Fund Raising Banquet

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Sun, April 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

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Fri, April 13, 5:00 PM

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2nd Annual Jazz Festival at Sparta High School

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Sat, April 14, 9:00 AM


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Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

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