Rotary is a community of friends who are committed to creating positive change in the world. Find out how joining your local club can enrich your life and improve the lives of people living in your neighborhood and across the globe.
"I joined to have a stronger connection to the community. I love that I'm sitting next to the former police chief, the owner of the cutest shop in town, and my neighbor's dentist, and we're all listening to a presentation from the mayor."
What is Rotary?
Rotary brings together community leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to share their ideas for making the world a better place. By combining their distinct skills and expertise, Rotary members are tackling some of the world's most pressing problems – from local initiatives like feeding the hungry to global efforts like eradicating polio.
It all begins at the weekly club meeting, where members catch up with friends, hear what's happening in their community, and organize club activities and service projects. It's a fun way to connect with the people in your community who share your passion for doing good.
Why should I join a Rotary club?
"My favorite thing about Rotary is that it's an efficient use of my time. All at once, I'm creating new friendships, making new business contacts, learning how my community works, and participating in the world."
You'll make valuable connections with community leaders who care about the issues facing your hometown and hometowns around the world. And you'll have the chance to apply your personal experience and professional skills to solve these challenges and create positive change.
As a member, you'll find opportunities to network and develop your professional skills. You can take the lead in developing projects, organizing events, and running your club. Through these activities, you'll hone your project planning skills, improve your public speaking, and even learn new skills, like public relations, social media, and fundraising.
You'll spend time with friends and make new ones every week! Make it a family affair. Members are encouraged to invite their spouse or partner, children, and parents to help with service projects and attend club events. Rotary offers opportunities for all ages, from service clubs for youth and young adults (Interact and Rotaract) to exchanges that give young and old alike the chance to explore new cultures.
How do I join?
Members are invited to join clubs in their communities. Each club is unique with its own personality and focus. Let Rotary introduce you to a club that matches your interests.
Follow these steps:
- Use Club Finder to locate a club in your area or find an e-club
- Click on the name of the club that interests you to ask about joining
- Click the Contact Club button to share your professional experience and reasons for wanting to join Rotary
Rotary will contact clubs on your behalf to ask about membership. Still have questions? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our members
Rotary boasts over 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 clubs worldwide. In nearly every corner of the world, you'll find a Rotary member who puts our motto, Service Above Self, into practice to make the world a better place. Here are just a few:
Todd Shea delivers aid to disaster stricken communities
Razia Jan builds schools for girls in Afghanistan
Bruce French helps countries struggling with food security
Rajendra K. Saboo leads a medical mission for hundreds of children
Neli Vazquez-Rowland offers safe haven to the homeless
Resources & reference
Learn about other opportunities for getting involved in Rotary:
- Special interest groups
- Vocational training teams
- Rotarian Action Groups
- Rotary Community Corps
- Rotaract clubs
- Interact clubs
- Youth Exchange
- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
To get started with Rotary, begin by reaching out to a club.