What is Rotary?
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||The first question people often ask is "Who are Rotarians?" and the quick answer is: people just like you and me.
This poster is one of our favourites - some of our Rotarians fit this profile - and yes, some are older and some are younger.
Rotarians come from diverse backgrounds, one thing we have in common are that they are or were (if retired) experts and leaders
in their vocations or in the community.
The thing that binds us together is our desire to get involved and DO SOMETHING to make a
Below are general definitions and statements that being to unpack the question: What is Rotary?
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL is a worldwide organisation of business, professional and community leaders,
who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
ROTARY was the world's first service club. The first Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA on February 23, 1905.
ROTARY is some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging to more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs in virtually every nation in the
ROTARY CLUBS meet weekly in local areas across the world. They have interesting and informative programs dealing with topics of
local and global importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-section of community representation.
ROTARIANS plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch
people's lives in their local communities and our world community.
ROTARY The Rotary Foundation, an essential arm of Rotary which each year provides some US$100 million for international
scholarships and humanitarian projects - large and small - that improve the quality of life for millions of people.
ROTARY is committed to Polio Eradication. It works with national and international health organisations towards the goal of
eradicating polio around the world. More than one billion children in developing nations have been immunised against polio through Polio
Eradication grants. Rotarians through their clubs and personal contributions have raised over 2 billion dollars for this campaign.