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The club that fights diabetes

Who We Are

Cosmopolitan International (CI) was founded in 1918 by attorney Patrick J. Hodgins as a civic organization whose purpose was to unite and instill among its members the spirit of charity, sociability and helpfulness. In the mid - 1970’s, the organization decided to make its major thrust that of finding a cure for diabetes. Since adopting diabetes as its major emphasis, CI has contributed substantial funds both in the U.S. and Canada, most notable of which was the founding of the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes & Endocrinology Center at the University of Missouri and the Eastern Virginia Medical School Strelitz Diabetes Center, both of which were funded by $1.0 Million each raised by our international organization.

Funds for these two projects, were made possible by the Cosmopolitan Diabetes Foundation, Inc., which is the charitable arm of Cosmopolitan International.

Cosmopolitan International has a total membership of approximately 2000 members in 65 clubs throughout the United States and Canada.

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The Pledge…

I hereby pledge my loyalty and friendship to every Cosmopolitan. I agree to abide by the rules of Cosmopolitan International, the Capital Federation and the Roanoke Cosmopolitan Club. I promise to incorporate the aims and objectives of Cosmopolitan International into my daily life, so that I may bring credit to my club, my community and Cosmopolitans everywhere.






The Cosmopolitan Club of Roanoke is one of eight clubs that comprise the Capital Federation of Cosmopolitan International. Our club was chartered March 1, 1958 with 63 members, many of whom are still known and remembered today for their contributions to the Roanoke Valley.


The mission of the Cosmopolitan Club of Roanoke is threefold

  1. To promote fellowship and lasting friendships amongst its members. 
  2. To promote the sport of track and field throughout the Roanoke Valley.  
  3. To give back to our community through service and philanthropy, with particular emphasis on projects relating to diabetes and diabetes research, and support of the Roanoke Valley Speech and Hearing Center.