Rotary International was established in 1905 and currently has 1.2 million Members worldwide. It is recognised by the United Nations as an important player in International Development.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community and throughout the world. Rotarians build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.”
Rotarians — men and women alike — volunteer their efforts to improve the quality of life in their own communities and beyond their communities’ borders. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Club membership represents a cross-section of local businessmen and women and professional leaders.
Rotarians initiate community projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as violence, drug abuse, youth, hunger, the environment, and illiteracy. Rotary clubs are autonomous and determine service projects based on local needs.
An acclaimed initiative from Rotary in the UK was the development of “Shelter Boxes” www.shelterbox.org and “Water Survival Boxes” www.worldwaterworks.org for distribution to people affected by natural disasters – in 9 years, 80 disasters in 52 countries have been targeted, supporting 800,000 people.
For more details on Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland go to www.ribi.org.