We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.

 

What makes us different?

Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:

We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.
We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.
We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.

How do we work?

Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities' toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization's mission and values in their elected roles.

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How did we get here?

We've been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, we've taken on some of the world's toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals—get started.

Learn about Rotary's history

How do we use our funds?

Responsible leadership means more than just doing good work—it means making the most out of every donation we receive.

See how we maximize our impact

What causes do we support?

We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns. Through our network of resources and partners, we help clubs focus their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.

Learn more about the service projects that support our causes

(source: Rotary.org)


Rotary Principles

Our 1.2 million Rotarians form more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country of  the world and share a dedication to the ideal of “Service Above Self”. Through volunteer service, the women and men of Rotary build friendships locally and globally and enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances. 

Rotary is non-political and non-religious and open to men and women of all cultures, races and creeds.

Since 1905 when the Rotary movement began in Chicago but quickly spread overseas, Rotarians have connected with each other to promote cross-cultural understanding, build goodwill and peace through a worldwide fellowship. 

ROTARY VALUES

  • Fellowship
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Service
  • Leadership

 

The Object of Rotary is to 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 every 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.

 

Here is a simplified Chinese version of the above.

(source: Rotarychina.org)