We’re one Rotary. We’re one big team. And we all work together to achieve the very same thing – supporting people who need a hand in the community where they live.
We champion people from all walks of life at home and abroad. On our home turf, we support young, old and disadvantaged people alongside budding entrepreneurs and businesses. Around the globe, we support deprived groups and communities in developing countries – helping them to rise from poverty and move towards shared and sustainable prosperity. Our polio campaign has, over 35 years, virtually eliminated the disease worldwide.
There are more than a million Rotarians across the world.
Famous Rotarians, past and present, include
Bill Gates, Luciano Pavarotti, Angela Merkel, the Pope, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles and Walt Disney – as well as presidents, inventors and explorers. You don’t need to be the Pope, a prince or president to join us though!
We hold all sorts of brilliant events – to raise money, to create awareness of important issues and to make good things happen.
…in the world for more than 100 years. The organisation was started by a guy called Paul Harris. He was an attorney in Chicago. He wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he’d felt in the small towns of his youth. He gathered three other professionals, and they met at one of their offices in downtown Chicago. They decided to call the new club ‘Rotary’ for their practice of rotating meeting locations.
We owe it to this quartet to keep growing; to keep doing great things across the globe.