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From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:

  • We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

  • We persevere in tough times. Disbanded during WWII, many Rotary clubs continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs, communities and countries.

  • Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2020, only 2 countries remain polio-endemic, down from 125 in 1988.

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