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Walk for Life, Myanmar

Dr.Paul Wade makes regular visits to Myanmar to help set up and operate clinics for the treatment of club foot.

Norwood Christmas Pageant

For over 20 years, Rotary Norwood has assisted in the running of the Norwood Christmas Pageant.

Birthing Kit Assembly Day

Come along and join our Birthing Kit Assembly day on 1st September We have supplies for 400 kits to assemble and need all the help we can...

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Rotary at a Glance

Rotary as an organisation

The first club was organised in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1905. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on 6 continents and the name Rotary International was adopted. The 30,000th club was chartered 80 years later in 2001.

Rotary International offers a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational programmes and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organisation's ultimate goal of world understanding and peace. 

Around the world today there are...

  • 1,228,601 Rotarians
  • 34,055 clubs
  • 531 Districts
  • in 210 countries

And here in Australia, there are...

  • 33,579 Rotarians
  • 1,159 clubs
  • 28 Districts

Our motto: Service Above Self

For more than 110 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.

What we do

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world's most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies

The Four-Way Test

Rotary has embraced a code of ethics, called The 4-Way Test, that has been translated into 100+ languages.

The test asks the following questions of the things we think, say or do:-

1)  Is it the TRUTH?
2)  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4)  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Using these principles, Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy and violence.

They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

 Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

 How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we've wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

 What impact can one donation have?

It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.


Rotary in Australia

Each of Australia's 30,000 Rotarians belong to a local Rotary Club. There's over 1100 Clubs in Australia, each Club led by a Club President and supported internally by a number of Club office holders. The position of President is rotated every July, providing ample opportunities for Rotarians to step up and gain leadership experience. Clubs operate independently, but often come together to work on joint projects and celebrate big events.

Each Club belongs to one of 21 Rotary Districts in Australia. Districts are geographically defined and sometimes cross state and even international borders. The head of the Rotary District is the District Governor.  

Each District is part of 6 worldwide Zones, with Australia's being part of Zone 8, which includes oceanic nations like Australia, New Zealand, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.

And of course every Club is part of the the wider Rotary International - a network of 1.2 million Rotarians in nearly 33,000 Clubs aroud the world, all dedicated to making the world a better place through promotion of peace, cultural understanding and service to the community alongside other like-minded community and business leaders.Rotary International is led by the Rotary International President.

Promoting international understanding 

During and after World War II, Rotarians became increasingly involved in promoting international understanding. In 1945, 49 Rotary members served in 29 delegations to the United Nations Charter Conference.

Rotary today still actively participates in UN conferences by sending observers to major meetings and promoting the United Nations in Rotary publications.

Rotary International's relationship with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) dates back to a 1943 London Rotary conference that promoted international cultural and educational exchanges.

Attended by ministers of education and observers from around the world, and chaired by a past president of RI, the conference was an impetus to the establishment of UNESCO in 1946.

An endowment fund, set up by Rotarians in 1917 'for doing good in the world', became a not-for-profit corporation known as The Rotary Foundation in 1928.

Upon the death of Rotary's founder Paul Harris in 1947, an outpouring of Rotarian donations made in his honour, totalling US$2 million, launched the Foundation's first program — graduate fellowships, now called Ambasadorial Scholarships.


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