A founding principle of rotary was to meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and enlarge one’s circle of business and professional acquaintances. As the oldest service club in the world, Rotary club members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, executives, managers, political leaders and professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Service programmes address such concerns as health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy and the environment. Rotarians experience the fulfilment that comes from giving back to the community.
With more than 32,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas, Rotarians gain an understanding of humanitarian issues through international service projects and exchange programmes. One of Rotaries highest objectives is to build goodwill and peace throughout the world.
Rotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of membership today. Club members enjoy the camaraderie with like minded professionals, and club projects off additional opportunities to develop enduring friendships. Rotary club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city in the world.
Weekly Rotary club programmes keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation and world and motivated to make a difference.
Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest youth exchange, educational exchange, and scholarship programmes. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for young leaders and involve family members in a wide range of social and service activities.
Social activities give Rotarians a chance to let loose and have fun. Every Rotary club and district hosts socials and activities that offer diversions from today’s demanding and professional schedules. Conferences, conventions, assemblies and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education and service.