...an organization of business and professional people united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
...some 1.2 million service-minded people belonging to over 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries.
...service to youth through support for schools, scouts, and other youth organizations, and through career counseling programs.
...service to the elderly with low-cost housing, health care, and other special services.
...service to the disabled through medical treatment, rehabilitation training, sheltered workshops, and recreational opportunities.
...vocational service by promoting high ethical and vocational standards in the business and professional world and a wide range of other community, cultural, and environmental projects to meet the specific needs of communities.
...Youth Exchange, a program that annually sends over 6,000 young people of secondary school age abroad for a school year or a holiday.
...Interact and Rotaract, more than 9,000 service clubs in some 100 countries for young people of secondary school age and young adults, 18 to 30 years of age.
...Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a program of seminars, conferences, and leadership camps to recognize and develop good citizenship and leadership qualities in young people.
...World Community Service, Rotary clubs in a donor country assisting a Rotary club in another country with manpower, funds, or equipment for a community project.
...The Rotary Foundation, established in 1947, which is spending some US$15 million annually to promote international understanding through educational and humanitarian programs.
...some 1,000 international scholarships annually, and international exchange awards to approximately 160 teams of young professional and business people each year.
...Polio immunization campaigns in developing countries worldwide. Rotary's ongoing effort to erradicate polio throughout the world.
...other health, nutrition and development projects on four continents.
...co-sponsorship with Rotary clubs and districts of some 70 international charitable grant projects annually.
The Object of Rotary
To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprises and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- The development of acquaintances as an opportunity for service.
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of their occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to their personal, business and community life;
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service.