Michael Best is pleased to announce that partner Marshall Schmitt has been elected as the 116th President of the Rotary Club of Chicago, also known as Rotary/One. An installation ceremony will take place on July 2nd at the Union League Club.
Schmitt and Mark Maloney, President of Rotary International, the international body that oversees the over 34,000 Rotarians worldwide, will also host an open house on July 1st at the home of Rotary/One’s founder Paul Harris, which the Club is helping to restore.
As President of Rotary/One, Schmitt will oversee its strategic direction and programming. This includes defining the club’s membership and service priorities, overseeing the club’s committees that coordinate Rotary/One’s local and international service projects, raising awareness of Rotary, building club membership, and hosting the club’s weekly meetings and speaker programs.
“I’ve been a member of Rotary for 20 years, and it has provided immense professional value and personal satisfaction,” said Schmitt. “As the world’s first service club, Rotary/One has exemplified the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self.’ The Club is proud of its legacy in Chicago, and I look forward to continuing our commitment to serve our local community and many international communities through our collaboration with the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.”
At Michael Best, Schmitt provides a full range of intellectual property services, including litigation. He focuses on patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, antitrust, and contract disputes for clients in the chemical, manufacturing, and biotechnology industries. In addition to his trial and appellate practices, he also assists clients in developing strategies for obtaining and enforcing their intellectual property rights and resolving intellectual property disputes.
For more information on the open house, please see here and for more information on the installation ceremony, please see here.
Rotary/One was founded in 1905 in Chicago as a business networking group and quickly became the world’s first service club dedicated to serving the community and fostering fellowship and ethical behavior among members of the professional and business communities. Today, the Club hosts a variety of guest speakers on professional and philanthropic topics and has approximately 200 members that attend weekly meetings and create, fund, and implement local and international service projects through its foundation.