Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.
Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.
The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.
Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.
When Rotary partners with other organizations, we multiply the impact made by either group on their own. We call this “the Rotary effect.” From local food banks to global humanitarian organizations, we work with a wide variety of partners, including:
- Aga Khan University
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Global FoodBanking Network
- Mercy Ships
- United Nations
- World Health Organization
Looking to partner with a local club, or even the global organization?
What does it take to be a leader with Rotary? Integrity, expertise, and a commitment to service—all the qualities that make Rotary members extraordinary. We look for these qualities in all our leadership positions, including our elected President and Board of Directors, who lead Rotary International, our appointed Trustee Chair and Board of Trustees, who run The Rotary Foundation, and our General Secretary and executive staff, who provide long-term oversight of the organization. Members of each Rotary club elect their own leadership.
Meet our president
Elected for the 2014-15 term, Gary C.K. Huang is Rotary's first Chinese president. Growing up in Taiwan, Huang was encouraged by his father to get involved in activities and clubs -- and not simply focus on grades. Helping others, his father said, would help him become a better leader. The message stuck. In 1976, Huang joined the Rotary Club of Taipei. And despite the pressures of a successful career and growing family, Huang made time for his club: "I wanted to continue my work in Rotary no matter what." Combining family with humanitarian service is important to Huang, whose wife and three grown children are also Rotary members. "Why leave your family to do your Rotary work? You can do it together. Then doing good becomes a family event."
Meet our trustee chair
John Kenny, a member of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth in Scotland, serves as trustee chair of The Rotary Foundation Trustees for 2014–15. As head of the organization's largest charity, Kenny feels a responsibility to honor Rotary's commitment to a polio-free world. "When we eradicate polio—and we will—we will have achieved something tremendous, something historic. We will have freed the world from a disease that has plagued humanity since the beginning of time. And we will have earned for ourselves the reputation we wish to deserve: that of an organization with the ability and the determination to achieve anything it sets out to do."
Meet our general secretary
John Hewko has served as Rotary International’s general secretary since 2011. For many people, managing a staff of 800 in eight offices worldwide would be enough in itself. But Hewko, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv, Ukraine, is so committed to Rotary’s mission that he takes things a step further. He’s immunized children against polio in India, represented Rotary at the World Economic Forum, and bicycled 111 miles to raise money for polio eradication during both the 2012 and 2013 El Tour de Tucson in Arizona. Hewko and Rotarians raised $730,000 for polio eradication during this year’s ride, which was dedicated to Hewko. “It was an incredible honor to accept the 2013 Dedication Award on behalf of Rotary and friends.”