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Maybe you've seen a need in your own community and wondered how you could help. Maybe you want to use your professional skills to help others or even learn new skills. Maybe you're seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in your community or abroad.
Whatever your reason, joining Rotary can help you achieve these goals, and so much more.
Why should I join a Rotary club?
With clubs in almost every country, more than 1.2 million members embrace their diverse background and unite to exchange new ideas, apply expertise, and implement improvements that transform communities.
Our members work locally or partner international projects that address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges of today.
The impact our members make takes shape at Rotary club meetings and activities. These gatherings give you the chance to:
- Change lives. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss and act upon your community’s greatest needs.
- Connect with other passionate people. Rotary club meetings are a place to strengthen connections to friends and neighbors and form meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.
- Invest in yourself. Many clubs offer workshops, conferences, guest speakers, and more – all aimed at helping you grow personally and professionally.
The Beginning of Rotary
The beginnings of Rotary International from RGHF on Vimeo.
On February 23 1905 a Chicago Lawyer, Paul Harris, met with three friends to form a club that would encourage fellowship amongst members of the business community. The idea originated from his desire to find the kind of friendly spirit he had known in the villages where he grew up.
At the end of the meeting little did the four men realise they had created the first ever Rotary Club.
From such small beginnings has grown the largest service organisation in the world today with some 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries with around 1.2 million members.
Rotary’s best known campaign, PolioPlus, is contributing to the global eradication of polio. As a result, India, where the disease has long been endemic, was declared polio-free by the WHO at the World Polio Summit in New Delhi on 25 February 2012. This is a major achievement which highlights the urgency and viability of eradication in the parts of the world where it still exists. Since 1985, Rotarians have contributed over US$850 million and tens of thousands of volunteer-hours, leading to the inoculation of more than two billion of the world's children.
The Object of Rotary
While Rotary works in different ways in the various parts of the world the following Objects are followed everywhere:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
- High ethical standards in business and professions and the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations as an opportunity to serve society.
- The application of the ideal of service by all Rotarians to their personal, business and community life.
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Each club has a unique personality and focus.
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