- Promote peace
- Fight disease
- Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Save mothers and children
- Support education
- Grow local economies
- Protect the environment
Rotary International, formerly (1905–12) Rotary Club of Chicago and (1912–22) International Association of Rotary Clubs, byname Rotary, civilian service club founded as the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905 by American attorney Paul P. Harris.
For having created the organization, Harris is credited with initiating the idea of a civilian service club, an organization of men or women from varied business and professional backgrounds that is dedicated to fellowship among its members and to voluntary community service. The name Rotary was originally proposed by Harris because meetings were to be held in rotation in members’ offices.
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.