Rotary cub members are business and professional leaders who volunteer in their communities and promote world understanding and peace.  Rotary’s 31,000 clubs in more than 165 countries and regions encourage high ethical standards and carry out humanitarian projects to address such issues as poverty, health, hunger, education and the environment.
Through more than US$95 million in Rotary Foundation grants each year, Rotary clubs support community projects at home and abroad.  Known as the world’s largest private provider of international education scholarships, The Rotary Foundation funds more than 1000 students annually to study overseas and act as cultural ambassadors.  Rotary also partners with eight prestigious universities around the globe to educate mid-career professionals in peace and conflict resolution.
PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program.  By its centennial in 2005, Rotary club members had contributed over US$600 million and countless volunteer hours to help immunize over 2 billion children against polio.  Spearheading partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative include the World Health Organization, Rotary International, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.
Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe.  Clubs meet weekly for fellowship to discuss local and global topics.  Clubs are non-religious, nongovernmental, and open to every race, culture and creed.