Service Above Self
What Is Rotary International?
Rotary International is a network of 1.2 million caring and hardworking friends and neighbors. Rotary’s aim is to make positive and lasting changes in every community and home we touch.
Rotary and its members have the passion, intelligence and committed vision to tackle real world problems around the globe. We have worked for more than 110 years to make impactful improvements across countries, communities, and individuals improving education, health, and overall well-being. We strive to provide improved education, access to vital resources and to create peace.
Today Rotary International stands with over 35,000 individual clubs that aim to promote wellness across the globe, our ongoing efforts include:
- Promote peace
- Fight disease
- Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Save mothers and children
- Support education
- Grow local economies
The History Of Rotary
For well over 110 years, members of Rotary international have been working hard to combat social, economic and health-related issues. The name of “Rotary” was created initially, due to the rotating nature of meetings through the variable offices of the club members.
Rotary’s long-standing history was birthed through the vision of one man. Paul Harris was a Chicago-based attorney who formed the Chicago Rotary Club on February 23, 1905.