Rotary at a Glance

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Rotary connects 1.2 million members across 35,128 clubs in 535 districts from more than 220 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Whilst Rotary is global it is also very local with 29,852 Rotarians in 1124 clubs across 21 districts in Australia.

Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:

  • Interact: a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.
  • Rotaract: groups organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults aged 18-30. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167 countries.
  • Rotary Community Corps (RCCs): groups of non-Rotary members who work to improve their communities. There are more than 7,500 RCCs in 80 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.

MEMBERSHIP SNAPSHOT

Who

Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide.

Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; doctors, artists, small business owners and stay-at-home parents all call themselves Rotarians.

Rotary connects these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.

Where

From Haiti and Greenland to Nigeria and Singapore, Rotary unites a truly diverse set of leaders from across the world.

Currently, the largest number of clubs comes from the United States, India, Japan and Brazil. The fastest growing Rotary regions include South-east Asia and Africa.

What

Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe.

Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.

Locally if you were to come along  to one of our fortnightly dinner meetings you might hear about an exchange student we are sponsoring to spend a year in another country, an update on the progress of our local project, the upgrade of the Ed Parker Rotary park for our local community, a report from Rotarians who walked the Kokoda track and the work Rotary International is doing over there. A call for volunteers to man the next market BBQ and a report from our last event, a report from 4 young locals who we sponsored on the recent Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp or an update from the Duck Race committee, our yearly fund raising event.

Guiding Principles

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?