What is Rotary?

A summary of what Rotary is all about


What is Rotary?

Rotary is a worldwide, non-political organisation with 1.2 million members belonging to 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries. It is the world's first service organisation.

Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas. These are dedicated people, from business and professions, who share a common interest in helping others.

Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects locally, nationally and internationally, and also partners with many charities worldwide.

Each member enjoys networking opportunities whilst giving something back to those less fortunate, learning new skills and having a huge amount of fun.

Members organise community projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as violence, drug abuse, health, hunger, the environment and illiteracy. Rotary clubs determine service projects based on local needs.

All are enthusiastically committed to the drive to wipe out polio from the world. Since Rotary became involved in polio eradication in 1985, the number of reported polio cases has fallen from 350.000 a year to 1,000; 125 endemic countries have been reduced to just 3 - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan; and two billion children have been protected from the disease.

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