Rotary is made up of three parts: Rotary Clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation. Together, we work to make lasting change in our communities and around the world.
Rotary clubs unite dedicated people to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.
The heart of Rotary is our members, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.
Rotary members share ideas, make plans, hear from the community, and catch up with friends during club programs that fuel the impact we make.
While Rotary clubs are grounded in the same values, no two are the same, because each community has its own unique needs. At club meetings in communities across the globe, our members come together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and their commitment to improving lives.
Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs and initiatives.
The World of Rotary
Rotary International is the most territorial organisation in the world. It exists in 184 different countries and territories and cuts across dozens of languages, political and social structures, customs, religions and traditions. How is it that all of the more than 25,500 Rotary Clubs of the world operate in almost identical style? The primary answer is the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.
One of the conditions to receive a Charter to become a Rotary Club is to accept the Standard Club Constitution, originally adopted in 1922. The Standard Club Constitution outlines administrative techniques for Clubs to follow in holding weekly meetings, procedures of membership and Classifications, conditions of attendance and payment of dues and other policies relating to public issues and political positions.
This constitutional document provides the framework for all Rotary Clubs in the world. When the Standard Club Constitution was accepted, it was agreed that all existing Clubs could continue to follow their current constitution. Although most of those early Clubs have subsequently endorsed the Standard Constitution, a few pre-1922 Clubs still conduct their Club affairs according to their former constitutional provisions.
The Standard Club Constitution has to be considered one of the great strengths of Rotary to enable the organisation to operate in so many thousands of communities.
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.