In April 1920, when our nation was recovering from World War I, five Pekin businessmen decided that a Rotary Club would be an asset to our community. They were: Harry Wilmot, Walton T. Conover, Frank Beyer, Carl E. Kraeger and Louis C. Moschel. With help from the Canton Rotary Club (founded one year earlier) as official organizer, 25 men signed on as charter members – names of which are still familiar in Pekin:
The Charter presentation took place at the Tazewell Hotel on the evening of May 12, 1920. Louis Moschel was chosen as the first president and Phil H. Sipfle was elected secretary.