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About Rotary

What is Rotary?
Rotary is an organisation of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. (This 31 word definition was adopted by Rotary International in 1976)

Rotary Clubs
Rotary Clubs are made up of professional people that provide humanitarian services at local, national and international levels. Members are required to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help to build goodwill and peace in the world through fundraising and active involvement in projects where appropriate.

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Rotary International is a collection of more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians in these clubs. Rotary International is one of the world's largest service organizations dedicated to supporting humanitarian projects on a global scale. It sets the standards, goals and aspirations of all Rotary Clubs and manages a range of international humanitarian projects which individual clubs can support.

Rotary celebrated its Centenary Year in 2005

Object of Rotary
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

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2. The promotion of high ethical standards in business and professions; The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life.
4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Origin of Rotary
The first Rotary Club was formed in Chicago in 1905.

Rotary Motto
"Service above Self" is the current Rotary motto. It was adopted in 1989. The first motto was "He profits most who Serves Best". This would be regarded as somewhat sexist nowadays!


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