Rotary is an organization
of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian
service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill
and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately
1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 29,000 Rotary clubs.
Rotary club membership represents
a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women.
The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and
open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
The main objective of Rotary
is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians
develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical
issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy,
and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities
and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals,
and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above
Rotary International is
the spearheading member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and is the
largest private sector donor. It has contributed more than US$600 million to
the polio eradication activities in 122 countries. In addition, tens of thousands
of Rotarians have partnered with their national ministries of health, UNICEF,
the World Health Organization, and with health providers at the grassroots level
in thousands of communities.
The Rotary Foundation of
Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding
through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural
exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians
and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation
has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants,
which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.