Rotary is a worldwide organization of business leaders and professionals 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. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is ‘Service Above Self’.
Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US$240 million to immunize the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary’s centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the PolioPlus program will have contributed US$500 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.
Rotary is led by men and women of integrity, expertise and a commitment to service. your time as a volunteer. Each year, Rotary International is led by an elected President and a Board of Directors. The Rotary Foundation is led by an appointed Trustee Chair and a Board of Trustees. Rotary's General Secretary and executive staff provide long-term oversight of the organisation. To ensure effective administration of Rotary's clubs around the world, Rotary is organised into Districts. Each District comprises clubs within a particular geographical area. Each District is headed by a District Governor, who represents the RI President.
John GermPresident, 2016-17
Half a century after landing his last C-124 as a U.S. Air Force captain ferrying troops and equipment to Vietnam, John F. Germ sees himself as Rotary’s navigator, plotting a course toward a bright future. He aims to run Rotary like a business, drawing on his acumen as chair and CEO of an engineering firm and emphasizing service as Rotary’s most powerful draw for a new generation of civic-minded members. “We need to do a better job of promoting our cause. That’s the challenge ahead, but I don’t see it as a problem. I don’t believe in problems – I believe in opportunities.” Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, is Rotary president in 2016-17."
Kalyan BanerjeeTrustee Chair, 2016-17
Kalyan Banerjee served as Rotary president in 2011-12. During his acceptance speech at the Montreal convention, he told attendees how his origins and experiences in India, where he grew up, give him a special understanding of Rotary’s international service. “In a way, some parts of India still exemplify a developing country. I have seen firsthand our work in literacy, in health, in hunger, in providing safe water – and I have seen the difference it makes to each village, each family, and each individual human life.” Banerjee, a member of the Rotary Club of Vapi, Gujarat, India, is trustee chair in 2016-17."
John HewkoGeneral Secretary 2016-17
John Hewko has served as Rotary International’s general secretary since 2011. For many people, managing a staff of 800 in eight offices worldwide would be enough in itself. But Hewko, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv, Ukraine, is so committed to Rotary’s mission that he takes things a step further. He’s immunized children against polio in India, represented Rotary at the World Economic Forum, and bicycled 111 miles to raise money for polio eradication in a cycling race in Arizona, USA. Hewko and Rotarians raised over $13 million for polio eradication during the 2015 ride. “It's a great event, one of many we participate in to pursue a polio-free world for every child.”
Sam WorentetuDistrict Governor, RI District 9102
Sam Woretetu is District Governor for Rotary District 9102 for 2016-17.
Areas of Focus
While Rotary appreciates that each community has its specific needs, it has identified specific causes to target and maximize its global and local impact. Rotary's six Areas of Focus are:
Providing Clean Water
Saving Mothers & Children
Growing Local Economies