Rotary International is an international service organization that brings together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. Essentially, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe
Founded in Chicago Illinois in 1904 by Paul P. Harris, Rotary Clubs can now be found in over 200 countries, with a worldwide total of 34,282 member clubs. In these clubs over 1.2 million individuals volunteer as Rotarians with at least one thing in common: We take action! Whether it work locally or globally, we are all committed to putting Service Above Self.
Rotary has identified six areas of focus: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development.
Under these six areas, Rotary International has paired up with many other charitable organizations to supports a wide range of caused. Some of the most recognizable caused that Rotary has undertaken include Shelterbox, and their mission to End Polio Now!