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 2013-14 term, our president, Ron D. Burton, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA, since 1979. Obviously, Burton is passionate about Rotary or he wouldn’t be where he is today. “Rotary isn’t like anything else in our lives. It offers incredible potential to change lives, to help others, to be better people.” Burton’s equally passionate about involving the family in Rotary. Early in his Rotary career, Burton and his wife, Jetta, took their two children to meetings and conventions. “It opened their eyes, it opened their minds, and it opened their hearts.” Burton believes that if you get your family involved in Rotary, “it expands to the world, that’s the family of Rotary—that’s community service.”
Meet our trustee chair
Dong Kurn Lee serves as trustee chair of The Rotary Foundation for 2013–14. Lee, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang, grew up in post-war Korea. He saw firsthand how international aid can help people who are suffering. And he wanted to return the favor. “Now our economy is booming, and we want to give back some of what was given us. That’s why Rotary in Korea is growing.” As trustee chair, Lee hopes to instill the same spirit of pride and giving he feels about Rotary and The Rotary Foundation in all Rotary members: “The greater our Foundation’s resources, the greater our ability to meet the needs of our communities.”
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.”