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Rotary International

Rotary International

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

When used by itself, the word "Rotary" normally refers to the entire organization, Rotary International.

Rotary International (RI) is the association of Rotary clubs throughout the world. It is the world's first service club organization. The membership of RI consists of Rotary clubs that continue to perform the obligations imposed by the constitutional documents. Rotarians are members of their respective clubs. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.

The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905. Now, there are 1.206.670 Rotarians (30 September 2005) in the world in 32.317 clubs (30 September 2005) in 168 countries

There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

The purposes of RI are to

  • Support the clubs and districts of RI in their pursuit of programs and activities that promote the Object of Rotary
  • Encourage, promote, extend, and supervise Rotary throughout the world
  • Coordinate and generally direct the activities of RI

Rotary and the United Nations

Throughout its history, Rotary International has collaborated with the United Nations, governments, and nongovernmental organizations to improve the human condition. Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together and sharing similar visions for a more peaceful world.

The programs of Rotary International

Rotary International’s programs and service opportunities, listed below, are 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 14-18. It has more than 10,900 clubs in 121 countries.

Rotaract is organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults ages 18-30. There are more than 7,000 clubs in 162 countries.

Rotary Community Corps (RCC) are groups of non-Rotarians who work to improve their communities. There are more than 6,400 RCCs in 76 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.