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What is Rotary?

Rotary connects passionate people with diverse perspectives to exchange ideas, forge lifelong friendships, and, above all, take action to change the world.

Rotary Clubs participate in a broad range of educational, inter-cultural, and humanitarian activities designed to improve the lives of others in need.

Rotary Clubs are non-religious, non-political and open to every race, culture, and creed. Members represent a cross section of local business, professional, and community leaders.

110 years

For over 110 years Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, Rotary is always working to better the world.

1.2 Million Members

There are an estimated 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 200 countries and geographic areas providing humanitarian services, building goodwill and peace in the world.

32,000+ Rotary Clubs

There are over 32,000 Rotary Clubs initiating service projects to address today’s challenges, including literacy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns.

What Does Rotary Do?

Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies

The Rotary Four-Way Test©

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
  3.  Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
  4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all Concerned

Rotary International

Learn more about Rotary International, the organization that connects people, transforms communities, solves problems and more.

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Volunteer Julio Vazquez Bernal (left), and employee Maria Isabel Nava Gomez repair a wheelchair during the Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement (ALEM) workshop in Puebla, Mexico. ALEM employs people with disabilities to design, build, and repair wheelchairs, recumbent tricycles, and custom wheeled devices, which it sells at low cost to disabled people throughout the state of Morelos. Global grant 1416582 paid for equipment, training, education, and outreach.

We collaborate with community leaders who want to get to work on projects that have a real, lasting impact on people’s lives.


Mongolian Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tuul head out to plant trees as part of the Keep Mongolia Green project in the Choir Eco Park near Choir, Govisumber, Mongolia.

Together, we apply our professional experience and personal commitment to tackle our communities’ most persistent problems, finding new, effective ways to enhance health, stability, and prosperity across the globe.


A group of Rotarians in Brazil are people of action.

Rotary members look for opportunities to improve our communities today and invest in the next generation for tomorrow.


Mary Ferris (right), of the Rotary Club of Detroit, scrapes paint from the facade of Irma Fuentes' hardware store in Detroit.

We connect passionate people with diverse perspectives to exchange ideas, forge lifelong friendships, and, above all, take action to change the world.

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