Rotary was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, who formed a group that met at different locations each time - hence “Rotary”Eventually, Rotary International was born.Rotary International was the first worldwide service club.Currently, there are over 1.2 million members worldwide.Rotary welcomes like minded, service focussed male and female individuals of all races, denominations and creeds. It is a non political group.The Object of Rotary is to "encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." Rotary is a service organization. Since 1910, the Rotary Motto has been "Service Above Self."
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:Promote peaceFight diseaseProvide clean water, sanitation, and hygieneSave mothers and childrenSupport educationGrow local economies
About Rotary InternationalThere are Five Avenues of Service:Club Service This "Avenue" promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals.Vocational ServiceThis area represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one's vocation as an opportunity to serve society. Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.International ServiceIn this area, Rotarians strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. International Service Projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands, with particular emphasis on the most underprivileged children and families in developing countries.Community ServiceThis "Avenue" relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.New GenerationsThis Avenue recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults.Rotary Worldwide ProjectsClean Water, SanitationSolar lighting, growing local economiesBill and Melinda Gates foundation - Polio eradication, fighting diseaseYouth Exchange, supporting education, Promoting Peace.Link to Rotary Showcase