Mission: To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and advance peace and goodwill around the world.
Background: The first Rotary club was formed in 1912 when the organization's founder, attorney Paul P. Harris, invited local business acquaintances in downtown Chicago to a meeting, where he proposed the idea of a club that would bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and advance peace and goodwill. In the more than hundred years since, Rotary — which today comprises clubs, Rotary International, and the Rotary Foundation — has grown to become a global non-sectarian network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers dedicated to making positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad and whose primary motto is "Service Above Self."
Outstanding Web Features: Visitors to the Rotary website are greeted by an expansive visual display that showcases the organization's commitment to its core global initiatives. A cleverly animated scrolling feature presents visitors with quick facts and smaller tiles featuring its core causes: promoting peace; fighting disease; providing clean water; saving mothers and children; supporting education; and growing local economies. Under the Programs tab, visitors can learn more about what Rotary is doing to develop the next generation of leaders and make the world a better place, as well as what individuals and communities can do to make a difference through Rotary. Those looking for more information on the organization's work will find lots to read under the News & Features tab, while Rotary members can access tools and information designed to improve their membership experience under the My Rotary tab, including discussion groups, data and resources, products and services, and a Take Action center.