Humble beginning to 34,000 clubs world-wide
From a humble beginning Rotary has grown into an organisation with more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, with each and every member donating time and talent to serve both their own community and those in need around the world.
 Rotarians are leaders in their field and must have high ethical standards. They share a common purpose - to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Membership of Rotary clubs is open to men and women of every ethnic group, political persuasion, language and religious belief. Rotary began in 1905 when a Chicago lawyer, Paul Harris, started meeting each week with three friends to socialise and network.
This led to them looking for ways in which to help others (the overriding concept of Rotary). The name was derived from them rotating their weekly meetings between each other’s office.
Today, the power of Rotary is best demonstrated by the enormous success of their biggest ever project - PolioPlus. Rotarians took on the daunting task of eliminating polio from the world. They have not yet reached that goal, but the end is very much in sight.
words from “Humananity in Motion” second edition
Rotary’s 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs.
 Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects.  
The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas:
►    Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
►     Disease prevention and treatment
►    Water and Sanitation
►    Maternal and child health
►    Basic education and literacy
►    Economic and community development