What Is Rotary?
"Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs."
That is what Wikipedia says. Rotary International itself simply says that we are "a global network of neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad."
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Avenues of Service
The Object of Rotary is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” Since 1910, the Rotary motto has been “Service Above Self” and Madison Rotarians strive to achieve the objective following this motto through activities in five primary areas. These are often referred to as the Five Avenues of Service.
Areas of Focus
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
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It is the duty of all Rotarians to be active as individuals in as many groups and organizations as possible to promote awareness of the dignity of all people and the respect of the consequent human rights of the individual."
-Rotary Manual of Procedure