The Burgaw Rotary Club received its charter on 25 May 1949. The charter was Number 7251. The Burgaw Rotary Club was sponsored by the Wilmington Rotary Club. Active Wilmington Rotarians in this endeavor were H.A. (Ham) Marks and W. Eugene (Gene) Edwards. The Club’s first President was W. W. (Bill) Williams, Jr., the editor of the Pender Chronicle. Other chalter officers were Dr. N. C. Wolfe, Vice-President; Emerson M. Thompson, Secretary and Treasurer; Dr. Warren H. Young, Sgt. at Arms; and David N. Lucas and Robel•t R. (Bobby) Dees, Directors. Additional charter members were Clifton L.Moore, W. R. Harrell, John H. (Jack) Murphy, David Vann Harrell, Harl Son, Jr., Wally Weilson, Edward M. Farrior, H. P. Whiteside, L. P. (Bill) Beverage, and Everett L. Durham.
The first two projects of the Club were to work toward (I) securing a suitable playground for small children in Burgaw, and (2) encouraging the enforcement of an ordinance to curtail the number of stray dogs allowed on the streets in Burgaw. For many years, the Club met on Thursday nights. The last Thursday night meeting was on 10 May 1973. Thereafter, the Club has had breakfast meetings at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings. Among the places in which the Club formerly met were Burgaw High School cafeteria, The Stake House (a restaurant located in the Harrison Building where Corbett and Fisler is now located), The Burgaw Restaurant (the building on the south side of the Burgaw Town Hall), Reade’s Restaurant (both at the northwest intersection of US Highway 117 and NC Highway 53 and at its later location which became the Grist Mill Restaurant), the Grist Mill Restaurant, Szechuan Chinese Restaurant, and currently the cafeteria in the Pender Adult Services. The Burgaw Rotary Club has had two district governors, B. L. Davis for 1975-76 and Franklin D. Rivenbark for 2003-2004. The Burgaw Rotuy Club was selected as “The Outstanding Club of the year” in Rotary International activities for District 773 for the 1977-78 Rotary year.