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Some facts about Rotary

A brief history of Rotary

First Club Rotary Club of Chicago started with the vision of Paul Harris, a Chicago attorney23 February 1905

• 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents.
• Today, members in nearly every country work to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
• Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope.
• Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.
• Paul Harris ‘Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.’
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Rotary’s seven areas of focus

Rotary is dedicated to seven areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. Click on the links below for more detail.
• Promoting peace
• Fighting disease
• Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
• Saving mothers and children
• Supporting education
• Growing local economies
• Supporting our environment


Rotary’s five avenues of service

We channel our commitment to service through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
1. Club Service – focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
2. Vocational Service calls on all Rotarians to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
3. Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life of people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
4. International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, using local member expertise to build long-term partnerships for sustainable projects, seeking service partners abroad, and more.
5. Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.


(Some) Rotary Acronyms

AG Assistant Governor
APF Annual Programs Fund
COL Council on Legislation
DDF District Designated Fund
DEO District Extension Officer
DG District Governor
DGE District Governor Elect
DGN District Governor Nominee
DOTS District Officers Training Seminar
DTDS District Team Development Seminar
DPO District Protection Officer
DRC District Rotaract Chair
DSec District Secretary
GETS Governor Elect Training Seminar
HOF House of Friendship
IA International Assembly
IPDG Immediate Past District Governor
IPP Immediate Past President
LDT Leadership Development & Training (team)
MDIO Multi District Information Organisation
MDLDF Multi-District Leadership Development Forum
NID National Immunisation Day
PDG Past District Governor
PETS President Elect Training Seminar
PHF Paul Harris Fellow
RGBI Rotaract in Great Britain & Ireland
RI Rotary International
RIBI Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland
Rtn Rotarian
RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Award
YEO Youth Exchange Officers
YE Youth Exchange


A typical Rotary year

July Start of the Rotary year, New leadership teams
Oct GETS, DG preparation
Nov Club Special General Meeting, Election of club officers
Jan International Assembly DG training & preparation
Feb MDLDF, PEPS, AG & DGE/DGN preparation, President preparation
Mar DTDS – District Officers training
Apr Club AGM, Elect others on council
May District Assembly Club, Presidents & members training
June Club Assembly, Your plans for the new year


Sources of information


Click on the links below

• Rotary International
• My Rotary
• Rotary Club Central
• The fight against Polio
• Rotary GB&I
• My Rotary GB&I
• District 1070
• News and Events


District 1070 Leadership

District Officers
• District Governor
• Immediate Past District Governor
• District Governor Elect
• District Governor Nominee
• 9 x Assistant Governors
• District Secretary
• District Assistant Secretary
• District Treasurer
• District Assistant Treasurer
• District Rotary Foundation Chairman

Project Teams:
• Community
• International
• Youth service – Interact, Rota Kids, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Competitions
• Rotaract

Support Teams/Committees:
• Membership – Attraction & Engagement
• Alumni
• Public Image – News & Events
• Leadership, Development and Training
• Compliance – H&S, Equality, Diversity, Non-discrimination, Vulnerability
• Conference
• Finance

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