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.




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.

SECONDHigh 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.