The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of Service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for Service
High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society
The application of the ideal of Service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life
The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of Service.
1.4 million members worldwide
approximately 47 million volunteer hours each year
$ 333 million awarded for global service initiatives in 2020-21
The Four-Way Test is a non-partisan and non-sectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings
We channel our commitment to Service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity. The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.4 million members help us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.
Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.
Clubs accept new members by invitation. To help us find the right club for you, we’ll ask you a few questions about yourself and your interests. Then we’ll share your answers with Rotary leaders in your community who will match you with a club.Join us now