Our Avenues of Service

The Object of Rotary is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.”

Rotary is a service organization.

Since 1910, the Rotary Motto has been “Service Above Self.”

Rotary strives to achieve its objective of "Service Above Self" through activities.

Club Admin

Club Admin promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals. It is concerned with activities which make a Rotary club what it is and make it possible for the club to live up to the motto "Service Above Self". It includes arranging our weekly meetings and programs, club calendar, recruiting and orienting new members, preparing our club directory, and publishing our club newsletter. It also includes responsibility for fellowship. Read more...

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There are 2 types of Rotary club membership: active and honorary. An active member is one who has been elected to membership under a business or professional classification and enjoys all the obligations, responsibilities, and privileges of membership as provided in the RI Constitution and Bylaws. Active members may hold office in their clubs and serve RI at the district and international levels. They are expected to meet attendance requirements, pay dues and bring new members into Rotary. Honorary Rotary membership may be offered to people who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals. An honorary member is elected for one year only, and continuing membership must be renewed annually. Honorary members cannot propose new members to the club or hold office and are exempt from attendance requirements and club dues. Read more...

Public Relations

Public relations efforts are vital to Rotary's continued growth and service. Creating a positive image for Rotary is the responsibility of every Rotarian, both locally and globally. Effective PR campaigns build positive, strong relationships with their audiences. But promoting Rotary's work in the best possible way and sharing our stories effectively with the public and the media are not easy tasks. A service project well carried out is considered one of the finest public relations messages of Rotary. Rotary also make use of Club Bulletins, photographs and media relationships, to mention a few. Read more...

Service Projects

Service Projects relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.

Preserve Planet Earth

In 1990 RI adopted the Preserve Planet Earth program under RI president Paulo Costa and set the following goals: Focus attention of all Rotarians on taking action to Protect and Preserve the planet by :


International Service

International Service strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. International Service Projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands, with particular emphasis on the most underprivileged children and families in developing countries. Read more...

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Vocational Service

Vocational Service represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one's vocation as an opportunity to serve society. Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations. Read more...

New Generations

New Generations acknowledges the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. Programs include RYLA, Rotaract, Interact, and Rotary Youth Exchange. Read more...


The purpose of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. Read more...

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After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Reaching the ultimate goal of a polio-free world presents ongoing challenges, not the least of which is a US$535 million funding gap through 2012. Of course, Rotary alone can't fill this gap, but continued Rotarian advocacy for government support can help enormously.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

Rotary Peace Centres

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

Foundation Grants

Rotary's new grant model, often called the Future Vision Plan, is both simplified and streamlined, reducing the number of Foundation grant types from 12 to three. The new model goes into effect on 1 July 2013.

Rotary Foundation grants support Rotarian efforts to change lives and serve communities through projects that:

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