What is Rotary?
Rotary is a world-wide organisation which provides an opportunity for men and women in business and the professions to use their vocational skills to assist the local community. If you’ve asked yourself the question “What can I do?” then this may be your answer. Rotary consists of individuals who are willing to contribute some of their precious time and valuable expertise to make a difference – to help those who need it and to encourage our youth to reach their potential.
Rotary International forms a global network which is based within the local community and which provides aid and assistance throughout the world. Rotarians know that as an individual they can’t achieve much in their spare time to help others – but by working as a member of a team with other business men and women, the effect of their contribution is amplified and significant improvements can be made. For example, Rotary is eradicating the scourge of polio from this earth by immunising the children worldwide. Imagine what can be achieved when people work together, enjoying a wider circle of friends and using their skills to make this world a better place in which to live.
Each Rotarian represents their industry or profession within their club, ensuring a broad diversity of backgrounds and vocational skills are available to form project teams. Rotarians also recognise the need to maintain high ethical standards in their business and professional lives and to promote and build goodwill both locally and internationally, to encourage peaceful coexistence globally.
Rotary was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris in Chicago, USA.
There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians world-wide in over 150 countries with new clubs being formed every 12 hours.
Rotary has a seat in the General Assembly of the United Nations in recognition of the efforts of its membership to foster goodwill and peace across national boundaries.
Rotary is the world’s largest non-government Foundation providing educational and humanitarian aid.
Rotary is non-political and non-religious, recognising the needs of all humankind to live and work together to achieve peace and prosperity world-wide.