Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The name ‘Rotary’ comes from “the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.”

Established in 1905, Rotary is a “global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges” across six areas:

  • promoting peace, preventing diseases,
  • providing access to clean water and sanitation,
  • enhancing maternal and child health,
  • improving basic education and literacy, and
  • helping communities develop.

Their most well-known cause is their ongoing dedication to end polio.

Rotarians convene at local Rotary clubs which are supported by Rotary International and the non-profit, fundraising Rotary Foundation.

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