About Rotary International


Rotary International (RI) is the world's first service club organisation, commencing in 1905. It is also the largest with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Rotarians are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and globally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, and promote peace serving others under the motto: Service Above Self.

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a worthwhile enterprise, in particular encouraging and fostering:

  • developing acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
  • maintaining high ethical standards in business and professions; recognising the value and worth of work; and each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • applying the concept of service to every Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.
  • advancing of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional women and men united in serving others.

Rotarians are guided by the dictum:

In the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth; is it fair to all concerned; will it build goodwill and better friendships; will it be beneficial to all concerned?

We are men and women from all walks of life who meet regularly in the spirit of friendship and fun to serve our communities locally and to create positive, lasting change globally.

See: The Rotary Foundation