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International Rotary Contact
What is Rotary?
Rotary is an organisation of business and professional
leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian
service, encourage high ethical standards in all
vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the
world. In more than 160 countries worldwide,
approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than
30,000 Rotary clubs.
Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the
community's business and professional men and women. The
world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are non-political,
nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and
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.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a
not-for-profit corporation that promotes world
understanding through international humanitarian service
programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is
supported solely by voluntary contributions from
Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better
world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than
US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants,
which are initiated and administered by local Rotary
clubs and districts.
The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of
Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905
by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture
in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had
felt in the small towns of his youth. The name 'Rotary'
derived from the early practice of rotating meetings
among members' offices.
Rotary's popularity spread throughout the United States
in the decade that followed; clubs were chartered from
San Francisco to New York. By 1921, Rotary clubs had
been formed on six continents, and the organization
adopted the name Rotary International a year later.
As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the
professional and social interests of club members.
Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing
their talents to help serve communities in need. The
organization's dedication to this ideal is best
expressed in its principal motto: Service Above Self.
Rotary also later embraced a code of ethics, called The
4-Way Test, that has been translated into hundreds of
During and after World War II, Rotarians became
increasingly involved in promoting international
understanding. A Rotary conference held in London in
1942 planted the seeds for the development of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO), and numerous Rotarians have
served as consultants to the United Nations.
An endowment fund, set up by Rotarians in 1917 'for
doing good in the world', became a not-for-profit
corporation known as The Rotary Foundation in 1928. Upon
the death of Paul Harris in 1947, an outpouring of
Rotarian donations made in his honour, totalling US$2
million, launched the Foundation's first program -
graduate fellowships, now calledAmbassadorial
Scholarships. Today, contributions to The Rotary
Foundation total more than US$80 million annually and
support a wide range of humanitarian grants
andeducational programs that enable Rotarians to bring
hope and promote international understanding throughout
In 1985, Rotary made a historic commitment to immunize
all of the world's children against polio. Working in
partnership with nongovernmental organisations and
national governments thorough its PolioPlus program ,
Rotary is the largest private-sector contributor to the
global polio eradication campaign. Rotarians have
mobilized hundreds of thousands of PolioPlus volunteers
and have immunized more than one billion children
worldwide. By the 2005 target date for certification of
a polio-free world, Rotary will have contributed half a
billion dollars to the cause.
As it approached the dawn of the 21st century, Rotary
worked to meet the changing needs of society, expanding
its service effort to address such pressing issues as
environmental degradation, illiteracy, world hunger, and
children at risk. The organisation admitted women for
the first time in 1989 and claims more than 90,000 women
in its ranks today. Following the collapse of the Berlin
Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Rotary
clubs were formed or re-established throughout Central
and Eastern Europe. Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong
to some 30,000 Rotary clubs in more than 160 countries.
Look at www.rotary.org for information on Rotary
programmes, press releases about Rotary activities, the
meeting dates and places of all Clubs, and much more.