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Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.

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The Rotary Difference

We Connect People

Rotary unites more than a million people

Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world.

1.2 Million members and 35,000+ clubs

We Transform Communities

We take action locally and globally

Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.

16 Million volunteer hours each year

We Solve Problems

No challenge is too big for us

For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease.

2.5 Billion children immunized against polio

Our Causes

Promoting Peace

Rotary fosters understanding across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.

See how we foster peace

Cultivating Peace: Muyatwa Sitali

Growing up on his family's farm in Lusaka, Zambia, Muyatwa Sitali understood the power of water in his own life. But it wasn't until Sitali began his Rotary Peace Fellowship that he came to realize the profound and far-reaching need for clean water globally.

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Fighting Disease

We are resolved to rid the world of polio forever. We also educate and equip communities to stop other diseases and expand access to health care.

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Doctor treats the poorest of the poor

Whether in her free clinic or on the streets of Bangladesh, Rotarian Hashrat Ara turns away no one who needs her help. “I saw sex workers who had no choice in their lives. How could a person see such need and not be moved by it? I wanted to do all I could for these people who had no hope, no help."

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Providing Clean Water

We help bring sustainable clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away.

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International Collaboration

Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International Development work together to support clean water and sanitation projects.

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Saving Mothers & Children

We expand access to quality medical care, sanitation, education and economic opportunities so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.

Learn how we save lives

Training Nurses: East Africa Scholarships

Rotary scholarships helped 24 students get nursing degrees so they can save lives in their communities.

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Supporting Education

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

See how we improve education

Teaching the Teachers

Getting kids into school isn’t enough to solve illiteracy so Rotary focuses on improving education by training and mentoring teachers.

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Growing Local Economies

We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old.

See how we ease poverty

Funding Entrepreneurs

Using microloans, mentorship, and business education, local Rotary members helped Detroit’s fledgling entrepreneurs launch new businesses.

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Feature Stories

Join Leaders

Club activities, social events, and volunteer projects offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections. And Rotarians can extend those networks by visiting other clubs around the globe.

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Help us change lives locally and around the world

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