Rotary is an organisation 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.
Rotary is the world’s first service club. The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA on February 23, 1905.
Rotary has some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging to more than 28,000 Rotary clubs in virtually every nation in the world.
Rotarians meet weekly for fellowship and interesting and informative programs dealing with topics of local and global importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-section of community representation. Rotarians plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch people’s lives in their local communities and our world community.
Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland
An association of Rotary clubs in the 29 districts of Great Britain and Ireland. With its own governing body and constitution it is a territorial unit of Rotary International. This is a unique situation and one that is highly prized. True to the Rotary ideal of international goodwill, it is one of very few organisations with a single district covering the whole of Ireland.
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation each year provides some $90 million for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and humanitarian projects large and small that improve the quality of life for millions of people. Rotary is widely regarded as the world’s largest private provider of international educational scholarships.