Rotary started in the Unity Building in downtown Chicago in 1905, and the very first project was to build a Toilet Block.  Two of the four original founders dropped out in the first weeks and generally, even back then, the member turnover was around 10% each year.  Prior to the First World War, other new clubs worked at proposing new roads, working to assist with first emergency aid, and disaster relief.  After the war a major milestone was achieved with the establishment of the International Society for Crippled Children in 1922.
Arch Klumph suggested that the 1917 Convention set up an Endowment Fund with a humble donation of $26.50, that in 1928 became known as the Rotary Foundation, and today has grown to a net worth of US $1.27 billion.