Rotary connects the world

2019-20 Theme


Last Edited: Fri, 22 May 2015 | Report Error

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who transform their passions into relevant social causes to improve lives in communities.

For over 110 years, motivated people around the world have come together as Rotarians to unite the power of one with the power of many to bring about exceptional change in the world.  Made up of men and women across all vocations and cultures, Rotary focuses on improving the wellbeing of local and international communities, and bringing about world peace and understanding.

To be a Rotarian is simply to have a desire to do something to help others.

To be a Rotarian is to develop your skills, broaden your networks, grow your understanding and knowledge, enjoy the friendship of like-minded people and build life-long friendships.

  • Rotary provides the opportunity of service to youth; conducting programs in leadership development, community and international service, and exchange programs to enrich and foster world peace and understanding.
  • Rotary provides the opportunity of vocational service; encouraging Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards, and to recognise pride in workmanship in their communities.
  • Rotary provides the opportunity of community service; improving lives by conducting programs in health, disaster relief and support to other local community organisations.
  • Rotary provides the opportunity for international service; sponsoring projects in developing countries to improve peace and conflict resolution, water supply and sanitation, disaster relief, education and literacy, maternal and child health and micro-economic opportunities (especially for women).

But Rotary’s major contribution to the world is the elimination of polio.  Since 1985, Rotary initiated and has played a leading role in a program working towards a polio-free world.  Together with the World Health Organisation and other major contributors, this program has reduced the number of polio cases from over 350,000 per year in 1985 to today, when there are less than 1000 cases in only three countries.  With Rotary’s continuing assistance, we hope to rid the world of this disease by 2018.

In Canberra and the surrounding area there are 20 Rotary Clubs who get together on a regular basis to help others in their community.  It’s life changing.  It’s exciting.  It’s knowing you are really making a difference.

Why not join us?

Rotary Clubs meet throughout the District.  Go to the Clubs page to find out more or ring 1300 4 ROTARY