What is Rotary?
Rotary is a worldwide service organisation of business and professional men and women. It is non-secretarian and non-political and is growing in numbers. There are currently over 1,210,000 members in 32,738 clubs in 207 countries. Each club shares the common principals of Rotary, but is completely autonomous in its operation and community programmes.
Rotary started in 1905 when a small group of businessmen in Chicago began meeting to learn from one another and to enhance their business relationships. While making business contacts is still a useful facet of Rotary, the focus quickly moved to include helping the community by service projects and fundraising to help those less fortunate.
Rotarians throughout the world encourage high ethical standards in their vocation, conduct humanitarian projects and work towards world peace and understanding.
Rotary's International Projects include:
Polio Plus which is a Rotary program to completely eradicate this disease from the world. To date, Rotarians have raised over $300m and the objective of having the world free of Polio is almost complete.
Rotary Youth Exchange which is a two-way program giving young people an opportunity to spend a year living with families in another country. The Rotary Club of East Bundaberg has hosted many students from various parts of the world, including Denmark, Switzerland, America, East Germany, Belgium and France .
For more Rotary Information, go to www.rotary.org