What is Rotary?

The first question people often ask is “Who are Rotarians?” and the quick answer is: people just like you and me.

This poster is one of our favourites – some of our Rotarians fit this profile – and yes, some are older and some are younger.  Rotarians come from diverse backgrounds, one thing we have in common are that they are or were (if retired) experts and leaders in their vocations or in the community.  The thing that binds us together is our desire to get involved and DO SOMETHING to make a difference.

Below are general definitions and statements that being to unpack the question: What is Rotary?

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL is a worldwide organisation of business, professional and community leaders, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

ROTARY was the world’s first service club. The first Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA on February 23, 1905.

ROTARY is some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging to more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs in virtually every nation in the world.

ROTARY CLUBS meet weekly in local areas across the world.  They have interesting and informative programs dealing with topics of local and global importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-section of community representation.

ROTARIANS plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch people’s lives in their local communities and our world community.

ROTARY is The Rotary Foundation, an essential arm of Rotary which each year provides some US$100 million for international scholarships and humanitarian projects – large and small – that improve the quality of life for millions of people.

ROTARY is committed to Polio Eradication. It works with national and international health organisations towards the goal of eradicating polio around the world. More than one billion children in developing nations have been immunised against polio through Polio Eradication grants.  Rotarians through their clubs and personal contributions have raised over 2 billion dollars for this campaign.

Want to know more about ROTARY and what you can do by joining a local Rotary Club?
Please follow this link to the Rotary International website.

 

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Rotary wheelROTARY’S MOTTO IS “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

The Object of Rotary  (a description of our overall aims and objectives)

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.

SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

THIRD:  The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.

FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

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