What is Rotary

What is Rotary

What is Rotary?

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. 

The roots of the organisation go back to February 23, 1905 when Chicago lawyer Paul P Harris called three friends to a meeting.  His vision was to form a club that would encourage fellowship amongst members of the business community, an idea originating from his desire to find the kind of friendly spirit he had known in the villages where he had grown up.  Little did the four businessmen know that they had created the first ever Rotary Club.

Today approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. 

Rotary membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women.

The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.



The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.  

Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence.  They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.


Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: 


The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service


High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful

occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society


The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life


The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world

fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


Four Avenues of Service

Based on the Object of Rotary, the Four Avenues of Service are Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:

1. Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.

2. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practise high ethical standards.

3. Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.

International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.

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What is Rotary


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Caring for the aged

Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club Projects


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Year 6 pupils at St James CE Primary Academy proudly show off their Dictionaries4Life after the presentation at the school. With Dick Wood – President Elect and Chris Sharp - Rotary President.

The Legends Together!

"‹Once again some of the best known and well-loved Rugby Legends from the Wakefield area came back together again to celebrate the 14th Annual Legends Night, organised by the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry, in aid of their charities.

A walk on the wild side! L to R: Mary Wylie, June and Robin Richmond, Neil Dodgson, Judith Evans, Graham Evans and Elaine Dodson enjoying the wilds of Lancashire

Stirk House, Gisburn, was the destination for this year's Fellowship Weekend

Rotary Shelter box contents - Everything you need for survival

Rotary Shelter Box's

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