A brief history of Rotary
• First Club – Rotary Club of Chicago started with the vision of Paul Harris, a Chicago attorney – 23 February 1905
• 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents.
• Today, members in nearly every country work to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
• Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope.
• Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.
• Paul Harris ‘Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.’
• See https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/history
Rotary’s six 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. Click on the links below for more detail.
• Promoting peace
• Fighting disease
• Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
• Saving mothers and children
• Supporting education
• Growing local economies
Rotary’s five avenues of service
We channel our commitment to service through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
1. Club Service – focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
2. Vocational Service calls on all Rotarians to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
3. Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life of people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
4. International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, using local member expertise to build long-term partnerships for sustainable projects, seeking service partners abroad, and more.
5. Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
(Some) Rotary Acronyms
AG Assistant Governor
APF Annual Programs Fund
COL Council on Legislation
DDF District Designated Fund
DEO District Extension Officer
DG District Governor
DGE District Governor Elect
DGN District Governor Nominee
DOTS District Officers Training Seminar
DPO District Protection Officer
DRC District Rotaract Chair