Rotary International

Rotary International

  • Rotary global network of 1.2 million community volunteers.
    • business and professional people providing humanitarian service,
    • encourage high ethical standards,
    • help build goodwill, peace and understanding in the world.
  • 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries carry out
    • service projects in their local communities and abroad
    • address such critical issues as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment.
  • Rotary is comprised of men and women of all races, religions, nationalities.
  • Founded in Chicago in 1905,
    • transcends political, social and historical differences, and
    • brings people of all religions and ethnic backgrounds together
    • makes ours a kinder, healthier, and more peaceful world.

The Object of Rotary

  • Encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


  • The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Service Projects

  • Rotary clubs participate in humanitarian, intercultural, and educational activities to improve the human condition.
  • Rotary's humanitarian grants support club projects to provide to millions of people in need - particularly in the developing world.
    • health care and medical supplies,
    • clean water, food, job training,
    • youth development, and education
  • Rotary provides more than 200 grants annually to fund work of Rotary volunteers,
  • Rotarians travel to parts of the world where their technical expertise and knowledge are most needed to alleviate hardship and solve problems.

Peace and Understanding

  • Rotary builds understanding through
    • international scholarships, exchange programs, humanitarian grants.
  • In 2002, the Rotary Centers for International Studies to educate tomorrow’s peacemakers, in peace and conflict resolution were launched
  • Some 35,000 students from 110 countries studied abroad since 1947 as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars.
  • Rotary's Group Study Exchange helped over 45,000 young professionals explore their career fields in other countries since 1947.
  • 8,000 secondary-school students experience life in another country through Rotary's Youth Exchange program annually

Rotary Ethics

Rotary encourages high ethical standards in all aspects of one's life. All Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test:

Of the things we think, say or do:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build good will and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Rotary Clubs

  • Rotary clubs give men and women an enjoyable and organized way to make a contribution to their community.
  • Rotary members meet weekly to plan club, community, and international service activities.
  • By using their skills and expertise globally, members also enhance their professional network, career development, and cross-cultural understanding.
  • Rotary clubs are nonreligious, nongovernmental, and open to every race, culture, and creed. Members represent a cross section of local business and professional leaders.

Four Avenues of Service

The Four Avenues of Service are Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:

  1. Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
  2. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
  3. Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
  4. International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.

Benefits of Being a Rotarian

A Rotarian is presented with many personal and professional opportunities, including:

  • New opportunities for community service – from the local to the international level.
  • Fellowship and friendship with over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide who share the same Rotary values.
  • Developing leadership potential and public speaking skills.
  • Broadening one's circle of friends and acquaintances.
  • Increasing one's knowledge of world affairs and cultural similarities.
  • Exposure each week to relevant information and topics about the community, nation and world.
  • Fostering business contacts and relationships.
  • A new awareness of the community's needs, while taking action to meet those needs.

Rotary International’s programs and service opportunities,

Designed to help Rotarians meet the needs of their own communities and assist people worldwide.

Global Networking Groups encompass Rotary Fellowships (vocational and recreational interest groups) and Rotarian Action Groups (groups focused on service activities). The more than 90 Global Networking Groups are open to all Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians, and Rotaractors.

Interact is a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for youth ages 12-18. It has more than 12,300 clubs in 133 countries.

Rotaract is organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults ages 18-30. There are more than 8,000 clubs in 167 countries.

Rotary Community Corps (RCC) are groups of non-Rotarians who work to improve their communities. There are more than 6,800 RCCs in 78 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.

Rotary Friendship Exchange encourages Rotarians and their families to make reciprocal visits to other countries, staying in each other’s homes and learning about different cultures firsthand.

Rotary Volunteers allows Rotarians and other skilled professionals to offer their services and experience to local and international humanitarian projects.

Rotary Youth Exchange offers students ages 15-19 the chance to travel abroad for cultural exchanges of one week to a full academic year. Rotary clubs and districts sponsor and host about 9,000 Youth Exchange students a year.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) are seminars sponsored by clubs and districts to encourage and recognize the leadership abilities of youth and young adults ages 14-30.

World Community Service (WCS) allows Rotary clubs and districts from at least two countries to implement community service projects together.


The Rotary Foundation (TRF)

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Rotary Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share our vision of a better world. The most efficient method to give to the Foundation is by using our secure website.

Global Contribution Form
Individual Rotarians, friends of Rotarians, and organizations can make a contribution to support our humanitarian work by filling out and sending us this form. Paul Harris Fellows can be named at the time of the contribution or later using the Recognition and Transfer Request Form.

Multiple Donor Form
Complete this form when submitting combined gifts from multiple donors. You also may log on to Member Access to use a form pre-populated with the names of those in your club.

Reoccurring gift
Make a recurring gift by using the TRF-DIRECT form. Download the U.S., Canadian, or French Canadian version.