What is Rotary?
What would it take to change the world?
Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self. In more than 34,000
clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
As the world's largest private provider of international scholariships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve a cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master's degree in peace and conflict resolution.
PolioPlus is Rotary's flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US $850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. along with the World Health Organization, UNISEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world's first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship, Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture and creed.