What is Rotary?
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
In 1905, Paul Harris (a Chicago attorney) started the Rotary Club of Chicago so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.
Rotary now consists of an international community with 35,000+ clubs. The organization brings together leaders willing to step up and take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. Together, we promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, support mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.