What is Rotary?

Rotary is Ordinary People working together to accomplish Extraordinary Things!  If this appeals to you, then Rotary definitely is for you, too!

Rotary International is the world’s oldest (est. 1905) and largest service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide!  Rotary club members are volunteers who work together locally, regionally, and internationally to leverage their resources and skills to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate deadly diseases like polio, all under the motto of Service Above Self.

Villagers line up to harvest rainwater. Vihule Kond, India. Photo by Alyce Henson / Rotary Images.

Rotary club members represent a cross-section of business leaders, professionals and community volunteers around the world. These 1.2 million men and women give their expertise, time, and donations to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding among cultures. Rotary International is the worldwide association of Rotary clubs united under a motto of Service Above Self.

Rotary’s flagship program is its effort to protect children against polio. It aims to eradicate the disease from the world.  But Rotary does much, much, much more!


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Team up with Rotarians and help make a change in your world!  You’ll never be the same; nor will the world!


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