As the oldest service club in the world, Rotary International was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of membership today.
As the world’s 12th largest Rotary club, our members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, executives, managers, and professional leaders who make decisions and influence policy throughout northwest Ohio. For the past 100 years, the Rotary Club of Toledo has made a difference in meeting the needs of deserving people in our community and elsewhere. Together, we are capable of achieving great things as we begin our 2nd century of service to our local and international communities!
Upcoming Rotary Speaker
Monday, March 30 Steve Tobocman - The 21st Century Re-Charge for America's Rust Belt
Mr. Tobocman will discuss the 21st Century re-charge for America’s rust belt. Steve Tobocman has spent the past five years spearheading Global Detroit, a regional economic revitalization strategy for the Detroit area focused on immigration and global connections. The Global Detroit study (www.globaldetroit.com), published in May 2010, has helped to leverage more than $7 million in philanthropic and government funding into Welcoming Michigan, the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative (America’s first and only international student retention program), Welcoming Michigan, ProsperUS Detroit, Welcome Mat Detroit, and a Detroit office for Upwardly Global. Global Detroit has served as the foundation for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Global Michigan effort, an attempt to build upon these strategies on a statewide basis. Steve also has been the driving force around the Global Great Lakes Network (www.globagl.org) a 10-state network of local immigrant economic development initiatives. From 2003-2008, Steve served as the state representative from Michigan 12th State House District in Detroit and ended his term as the majority floor leader, the second-ranking position in the House. Currently, Steve co-directs the Michigan Political Leadership Program, one of the nation’s premiere bipartisan political leadership training programs. He is the managing partner at New Solutions Group, LLC, a consulting firm in Detroit that provides innovative and creative solutions for the common good and that has extensive experience in community economic development, urban policies, and, of course, immigrant integration and economic development.
The Rotary Club of Toledo is a community of highly engaged leaders, committed to ever-increasing involvement and service to Rotary International and our own region. Club members share friendship and fellowship through service above self and provide extensive resources to fund community transformation programs and major long-term projects.