What is Rotary?
Rotary is the world’s oldest service club, and is made up of over 32,000 clubs in 168 countries. Its members form a global network of men and women of all ages and backgrounds, who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities. Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self’, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation’s more than 1.2 million members world-wide.
Belonging to a Rotary club gives men and women an enjoyable and organized way to make a contribution to their community. Rotary members meet 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 professional leaders.Rotary builds understanding through international scholarships, exchange programs, and humanitarian grants.
In 2002, Rotary launched the Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, an innovative program designed to educate tomorrow’s peacemakers.Rotary clubs participate in a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational activities designed to improve the human condition.
Rotary’s humanitarian grants support club projects that provide health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, jobtraining, youth development, and education to millions of people in need —particularly in the developing world.Rotary also 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.