A founding principle of Rotary was to meet periodically to enjoy cameraderie and
enlarge one's circle of business and professional acquaintances. As members of the
oldest service Club in the world, Rotarians represent a cross-section of the community's
business owners, 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 healthcare, hunger, poverty, illiteracy
and the environment. Rotarians experience the fulfilment that comes from giving back
to the community.
With more than 31,000 Rotary Clubs in over 160 countries, Rotarians gain an understanding
of humanitarian issues through international service projects and exchange programmes.
One of Rotary's highest objectives is to build peace and goodwill throughout the
Rotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal which remains a major attraction of membership
today. Club members enjoy the friendship of like-minded professionals, and Club projects
offer additional opportunities to develop enduring bonds. Rotary Club members who
travel have an introduction to 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 the world, which motivate them to make a difference.
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Rotary sponsors some of the world's largest youth exchange, educational exchange,
and scholarship programmes, providing innovative training opportunities and mentoring
for young leaders, and involving family members in a wide range of social and service
Social activities give Rotarians a chance to let loose and have fun. Every Rotary
Club and District hosts social events which offer diversions from today's demanding
professional and personal schedules. Conferences, conventions and assemblies, provide
entertainment as well as Rotary information, education and service.
Encouraging high ethical standards in one's profession, and respect for all worthy
vocations, have been hallmarks of Rotary from its earliest days.
Rotary is an organisation of successful professionals. Team building, fundraising,
public speaking, planning, organisation and communication are just a sample of the
leadership skills that Club members can exercise and enhance. Being a Rotary leader
provides further experience in learning how to motivate, inspire and guide others.
Diversity in Membership
Rotary's classification system ensures that a Club's membership represents a wide
variety of the community's professional men and women. Rotary Clubs are non-political
and non-religious, and are open to all cultures, races and creeds.
There are almost as many answers to that question as there are Rotarians answering
it! Why not watch and listen as John Kenny, from Linlithgow, the Rotary International
President for 2009-10, tells us how he came be a Rotarian.
Click on the triangle to start the video playing, and on the right-end button to
see it full screen.
The Rotary Wheel
Every organisation needs a logo to focus attention on its core competencies. The
Rotary Wheel, with its connotations of closely meshed gear wheels, transferring power,
has been the image of Rotary since its earliest days.
The style may have changed over the years, but not the significance