What is Rotary

Who We are

Rotary is a world wide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives and make lasting improvements in our communities around the world.
 
We are a global network of community volunteers made up of  business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. 
 
We do it through
  • Over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 35,000 Rotary clubs in 220 countries and geographical areas
  • Over 8,750 Rotaractors in over 201,000 Rotaract Clubs in 171 countries and geographical areas
  • Over 440,000 Interactors in over 19,000 Interact Clubs in 158 countries and geographical areas
 

What We Do

Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors initiate service projects to address today's challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns.
 
Clubs participate in a broad range of local and international humanitarian, intercultural, and educational activities designed to improve the human condition.
 
The Rotary Foundation's humanitarian grants support club projects that provide health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, youth development, and education to millions of people in need, particularly in the developing world.
 
In addition, The Rotary Foundation provides more than 200 grants each year to fund the work of Rotary volunteers, who travel to parts of the world where their technical expertise and knowledge are most needed to alleviate hardship and solve problems
 
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How are we different ?

The core essence of Rotary is Service.
 
In Rotary, leadership is not measured by rank and titles. Instead, using all of our diverse skills, experience and connections, it  is the progress we make in our local, regional and international projects supporting our communities and changing lives.
 
Our Motto - Service Above Self reflects these attitudes and reminds us what the real goal is.
 

History and Progress

 
Paul P. Harris formed the world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905. More than a century later, Rotary remains dedicated to improving communities, relations between peoples, and world peace and understanding. Rotary's principal motto is Service Above Self.
 
During World War II, Rotary members became increasingly involved in promoting international understanding. A Rotary conference held in London in 1942 was a precursor to the development of UNESCO, and 49 Rotary members served as delegates and consultants at the founding of the United Nations in 1945.
 
Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status given by the United Nations to non-governmental organizations. In this capacity, Rotary has a voice within the UN system, allowing access to its people and resources worldwide....