What is Rotary?

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace.  Club members meet weekly and represents a cross-section of the local community’s business and professional men and women.   Rotary is non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

About 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges – including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns – while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors.  Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution.

PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program to eradicate Polio world-wide, at the same time protecting young children from several childhood diseases.  By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$ 850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize two billion children in 122 countries.  Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and supported substantially by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation 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.

The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

Object of Rotary

A Rotary History

This website focuses primarily on the Sturbridge, Massachusetts club of Rotary International. If you would like to know more about the origin of Rotary International and Rotary in general, please visit www.rotary.org.