What is Rotary?
- A worldwide organization of 1.2 million business
and professional leaders.
- In over 200 countries.
- 32,000 Rotary clubs carry out service projects
in their local communities and abroad
- Providing humanitarian service.
- Building goodwill and peace in the world.
- Rotary is a global network of community volunteers.
- Rotary members are business and professional
- providing humanitarian service
- encouraging high ethical standards
- belonging to a Rotary club gives men and
women an enjoyable and organized way to make
a contribution to their community.
- meeting weekly to plan club, community, and
international service activities.
- By using their skills and expertise globally,
members also enhance their professional network,
career development and cross-cultural understanding.
- Rotary clubs are nonreligious, non-governmental
and open to every race, culture, and creed.
- Members represent a cross section of local
business and professions
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is a charitable resource
that supports the efforts of Rotary International
to achieve world understanding and peace
through international humanitarian, educational,
and cultural exchange programs. It is
supported solely by voluntary contributions
from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation
who share its vision of a better world.
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary
International's sixth president, Arch
C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary
"to do good in the world." It has
grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50
to more than US$117.9 million contributed
in 2004-05. It’s event-filled history
is a story of Rotarians learning the value
of service to humanity.
The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs
fund international Rotary club and district
projects to address such critical issues
as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and
the environment. These provide health care
and medical supplies, clean water, food,
job training, youth development, and education
to the millions of disadvantaged people of
In 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus, an ambitious
humanitarian program to immunize the world’s
children against polio and eradicate the
polio virus worldwide. Rotary’s grassroots
leadership, volunteer support, and initial
funding for vaccine provided the catalyst
for the World Health Assembly’s resolution
in 1988 to eradicate polio worldwide. Rotary
members have given more than half-a-billion
U.S. dollars and countless hands-on volunteer
hours to this critical effort.
Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation
provides funding for some 1,200 students
to study abroad each year. Grants are also
awarded to university teachers to teach in
developing countries and for exchanges of
business and professional people. Former
participants in the Foundation's programs
have the opportunity to continue their affiliation
with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.
Rotarians and their Foundation charity make