About Rotary

What is Rotary ?

Rotary International is a global network of service volunteers. It is the world's largest service organisation for business and professional people, with some 1,180,000 members operating in 163 countries world-wide. Our own Club in Redcar was established in 1946.

There are over 59,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland in 1,816 clubs, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace. It is a fulfilling role, and Rotarians can get involved as much or as little as their time will allow. Clubs meet weekly, which allows members to build firm friendships. Every Rotarian has a right to attend any Club meeting anywhere in the world, so there is always somewhere to go, and people to meet, wherever business or leisure travel may take you.

Rotarians volunteer their efforts to improve the quality of life in their own communities and beyond their communities' borders. The world's Rotary clubs are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Club membership represents a cross-section of local business and professional leaders. The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community and throughout the world. Rotarians build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. The Rotary motto is "Service above Self". 

PolioPlus is Rotary's commitment to eradicating polio. Through the efforts of Rotary and its partners in the fight against polio, more than one billion children worldwide have been immunised since 1985.

Rotary's educational programs include the world's largest privately funded source of international scholarships. More than 1,300 scholarships are awarded annually for study in another land.