ROTARIANS across Wyre Forest are celebrating a century this week.

The first rotary club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, on February 23, 1905 and members will be marking the occasion with a centenary dinner at the Ramada Hotel, Bewdley, tonight.

It will be hosted by Bewdley Rotary Club and guests include officials from several West Midlands clubs, including Kidderminster, Stourport and Hagley.

The most senior member will be David Bowyer, rotary's district governor, who will be making the trip from Tamworth.

The mayors of Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport will be attending and also on the guest list will be Wyre Forest MP, Dr Richard Taylor, and Wyre Forest District Council chairman, John Simmonds.

The rotary organisation now has 1.2 million members in 31,000 clubs in more than 165 countries and aims to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and promote peace and goodwill across the world.