Historical marker to honor Rotary Club founder, John Banks

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Rotary Club of Savannah unveiled a historical marker in honor of their founder, John Sherer Banks, on Monday in Bonaventure Cemetery.

On Jan. 5 and 12, 1914, Banks, Henry Ludeman, and several business partners organized the Rotary Club of Savannah at the historic DeSoto Hotel, where the group continued to meet for 92 of its 100-year history.

Under Banks' leadership, the club quickly became active in the community, taking on several major service projects. His great, great nephew is thankful so many people showed up for the unveiling.

"He must have been a very instrumental man. He started rotaries in four or five other cities here in Georgia, and I would have loved to have met him, but I came along too late," said Walter Stedford, great, great nephew of John Banks.

The club was originally chartered with 42 members, with Banks elected its first president.

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