What Is the Purpose of the Rotary Club?

by Mike Gonyea
Attendees and the press listening to a speaker at a Rotary Club breakfast.

Attendees and the press listening to a speaker at a Rotary Club breakfast.

Founded over 100 years ago, Rotary International is committed to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership in the community. Official Rotary mottoes, "Service Above Self" and "One Profits Most Who Serves Best," trace back to the early days of the organization. Most Rotary activities fall within six general areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.

Think Global, Act Local

While the organization's scope is global, local Rotary Clubs enjoy considerable autonomy. They operate within the framework of the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International, but local Rotarians adapt their activities to focus on the needs of the individual communities they serve. Rotary Foundation grants empower members to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition with programs that have staying power. Rotary also provides grants for members pursuing educational opportunities including international exchanges for students, teachers and other professionals. Rotary Club members are typically among a community's business and professional leaders. and individuals interested in joining must be sponsored by an existing Rotarian,

About the Author

Mike Gonyea served as an account manager and strategic planner at a Detroit advertising agency for 20 years. He has covered automotive finance, state and local government and interfaith issues for publications and websites including “The Detroit News,” American Thinker and A Common Word.

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