What is Rotary

Rotary was founded on 23 February 1905 by a Chicago attorney, Mr. Paul P. Harris, as the world's first service organization.

As a 1.2 million-member organization, Rotary united business and professional leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to provide humanitarian services and help build goodwill and peace, while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

Rotary brings together great minds from nearly all over the world. Our members are leaders in their fields and communities. This diverse perspective helps us to see problems differently—and help us solve them in communities throughout the world.

Through Rotary, our members find many ways to meet, exchange ideas, and make lifelong friendships, including:

  • Weekly club meetings
  • Service projects
  • Fellowship events
  • Annual celebratory events, such as District Conference, International Convention, etc.
  • Interest-based affinity groups

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, from over 35,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries, Rotary’s people of action have always been so dedicated and persistent in providing service to those in need, promoting integrity, and cultivating goodwill and peace throughout the world. We certainly covered a lot of grounds with our projects regarding the quality of life on this planet. We concentrate our efforts in 7 areas of focus:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease and health problem
  • Maternal and child health care
  • Education
  • Local community and economy development
  • Water sanitation and hygiene
  • Protect the environment

When you give to Rotary, you support the work we do in your community and around the world.

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