WHAT IS ROTARY?
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
OUR MISSION & VISION
We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
7 AREAS OF FOCUS
Members of Rotary believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotary’s 35,000+ clubs work together and, in their communities, to promote peace, provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene, save mothers and babies, support education, grow local economies and protect the environment.
1 Promoting peace
Foster cross-culture understanding and respect to mediate conflict.
2 Fighting disease
Stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like Polio, HIV/AIDS, and Malaria.
3 Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
Developing local solutions to bring sustainable long-term solutions.
4 Saving mothers and children
Expanding access to quality care, fighting malnutrition, inadequate sanitation and poor health care.
5 Supporting education
Supporting communities with better education and literacy and reduce gender disparity.
6 Growing local economies
Service projects that enhance economic and community development with productive work for all.
7 Protecting the environment
Tackling environmental issues to change policy for a better future.
HISTORY OF ROTARY
Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.
"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves."