Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.

“The more I learn about Rotary, the more I love Rotary.” Here are some Rotary Basics:

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Most of its service efforts are carried out at the club level. The district and international structure is designed to support the clubs and help them provide more service in their communities and abroad. Made up of over 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world, Rotary International forms a global network of business, professional, and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world – and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.

Each Rotary club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s constitution and bylaws. Rotarians are members of Rotary clubs, which belong to the global association Rotary International (RI). DISTRICTS Clubs are grouped into RI districts, each led by a District Governor, who is an officer of RI. The district administration, including assistant governors and various committees, guides and supports the clubs. Rotary International is headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, USA, with seven international offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland. The RI in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) office, in England, serves clubs and districts in that region. The Secretariat’s active managing officer is the RI general secretary.



Peace and conflict prevention/resolution


Disease prevention and treatment.


Water and Sanitation


Maternal and child health


Basic education and literacy


Economic and community development


Rotary Club responsible in four key elements: sustaining or increasing their membership base, participating in service projects that benefit their own community.

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