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
K.R. Ravindran wants to spend his term as Rotary’s president paying it forward. “One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate. The only way you can is by helping others.” Ravindran extends the ideals of Rotary into his packaging business. His employees benefit from company-matched grants for community projects with a focus on water and sanitation for area schools. “I can personally vouch for the ability of our organization to blend commerce with cause, friendship with service, and know firsthand that each of us is lifted even as we lift others.” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is Rotary president in 2015-16.
Meet our trustee chair
Ray Klinginsmith’s relationship with Rotary began more than a half century ago, when he spent a year in Africa as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. When he returned home, his local Rotary club president, who was also his dentist, invited him to join. Klinginsmith is a member of the Rotary Club of Kirksville, Missouri, USA, and served as president of Rotary in 2010-11. He has been a trustee of The Rotary Foundation since 2012 and is trustee chair in 2015-16. He says he is a big believer in the power of Rotary clubs. “It’s just amazing that in 200 countries and geographical areas, you can have 33,000 organizational units, all following the same rules. We are held together by the spirit of Rotary, and it is an amazing phenomenon.”
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.”