As the new Rotary year begins on July 1, I am really excited to be an Assistant Governor for my District and to be the Rotary Foundation Chair for my club during the Rotary Serving Humanity year. It is especially meaningful to be the Rotary Foundation Chair during this centennial year of the Rotary Foundation. Let’s Celebrate! It is a time to reflect on What’s Rotary?
The essence of Rotary is defined by 3 concepts: Friendship, Service, and Integrity. Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united world wide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges – including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns – while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
Rotary International’s CODE OF POLICIES provides the following Mission Statement of Rotary International: Rotary provides service to others, promotes integrity, and advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Board of Rotary International has adopted “core values” as part of the strategic plan of Rotary International: Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity, and Leadership.
As the worlds largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution.
PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture and creed.