Wonder What it Takes to Change the World?
Rotary International strongly believes that it “starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.”
Service is the main objective — “in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.”
Over 1.2 million Rotarians forming more than 34,000 Rotary clubs belong to this international network, sharing the belief of “Service Above Self.”
The doors of Rotary have been open to individuals of diverse cultures and ethnicities. Rotary is very neutral and is “not affiliated with political, nor religious organizations.”
Global communities; identified with its own unique concerns and needs receive aid from Rotary clubs. Innovation has kept the wheels turning as Rotarians continuously respond to these needs by taking on a variety of service projects. Six areas have been identified as “the most successful and sustainable Rotary service:”
- Peace and conflict prevention / resolution
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Water and sanitation
- Maternal and child health
- Basic education and literacy
- Economic and community development
Recognition as organizational priorities have been given to those six areas by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. There are endless ways that Rotarians can engage in these needs at a local and international level.
The Four-Way Test
For many Rotarians, the Four-Way Test is the cornerstone for every decision that they make. Do these values align with your own?
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
End Polio Now
“You can help Rotary achieve a polio free world”
In 1988, Rotary International began spearheading the endeavors to eliminate polio from the face of the earth with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 24 years later, polio is almost eradicated from the world except in three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
That final 1% has been noted as the “the most difficult and expensive to prevent” due to challenges including: geographic isolation, worker fatigue, armed conflict, and cultural barriers.
“To fail is to invite a polio resurgence that would condemn millions of children to lifelong paralysis in the years ahead. The bottom line is this: As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children — wherever they live — remain at risk.”
– Rotary International 2012
That’s why we need your help to generate funding to End Polio Now!
“If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio.”
– Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“I’ve become much more internationally focused, and understand that there’s so much more I can do as part of a bigger whole than I could ever do on my own.”
– Toni McAndrew, Rotary Club of Mid-Valley (Dickson City), Pennsylvania, USA
“I found a fellowship where every nation, every color, all of humanity can be like a family. I’ve got a place where I can serve my people and serve the world.”
– Ailinda Sawe, Rotary Club of Dar-es-Salaam-Mzizima, Tanzania
“Leadership is a key focus of Rotary. Through Rotary, you have the opportunity to expand your leadership skills and achieve your goals.”
– Norma Madayag-Reilly, Rotary Club of Newark, New York, USA
“Rotary is a tremendous network. Leaders in the community can connect and reach out to people in need.”
– Russel Honoré, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
“Every Rotary club in the world, no matter how big or small, has one thing in common: friendship. And it’s from this base of friendship that we serve our community.”
– Kemal Attilâ, Rotary Club of Ankara-Tandogan, Turkey