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Gyro was founded in 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio at a time when social and service clubs were proliferating in Canada and the U.S. The Gyro â€œfraternity of friendshipâ€� expanded rapidly during the early decades. At this time, there are some 110 clubs, comprising about 4,000 members spread equally through the U.S. and Canada. Our district consists of about 930 members in 26 clubs, stretching from Vancouver Washington to Kitimat, B.C.
Gyro promotes friendship through organized social activities, and to a lesser extent, involvement in community events. Gyro does not place obligations upon its members, other than those which they voluntarily choose to undertake. Gyros tend to be busy people, with interests in many areas. By nature, Gyro attempts to be the oasis at which members can relax, enjoy each otherâ€™s company, and participate in a low-key, non-pressured setting.
Clubs enjoy an active social program throughout the year. Regular meetings are held the first Tuesday and third Thursday each month at members homes. Our meetings focus around a healthy dinner where business is kept to a minimum.
Historically some Gyro Clubs have been involved in community projects, and some clubs do not have any community involvement. The Olympia Club is a pure friendship club, and does not participate in community activities.
Gyro tends to be a loosely governed organization. Governance is largely decentralized with emphasis focused at the Club level.