What is Rotary?
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. To better understand what Rotary is, watch this video and listen to Springdale Rotarian Rolf Wilkin talk from the heart about what Rotary means to him. This What is Rotary video offer valuable insight, as well.
There are over 34,000 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.
Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. Most Rotary clubs meet weekly in the same location, but some rotate locations and meeting times. Every Rotary club is unique in culture, how a meeting is conducted, and how they serve humanity.
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. Click here to view a Rotary basic brochure.
Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. PolioPlus, the most ambitious program in Rotary’s history, is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. Since 1987, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal. The campaign to End Polio Now is inspired by the extraordinary challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Find out more about Rotary click here or visit the Rotary International web site.