In early 1922, J. Valentine Wachtel Jr., president of the Paso Robles National Bank, became interested in forming a local Rotary Club. Correspondence began to ensure “men of unquestioned honor and integrity” would participate regularly in this small town with a population of only 2,000-4,000 people. This culminated in a formal application to Rotary International on November 13, 1923. The original charter for the Paso Robles Rotary Club (#1602) was dated January 15, 1924 and was formally presented at a special banquet at the Paso Robles Hot Springs Hotel on March 15, 1924.