What is Rotary? Rotary is ...

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Our motto: Service Above Self

For more than 110 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.

What we do

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

• Promote peace

• Fight disease

• Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

• Save mothers and children

• Support education

• Grow local economies



Rotary International is an international service organisation whose purpose is to

  • bring together business and professional people in order to provide humanitarian services,
  • encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and
  • help build goodwill and peace in the world.

We are a secular organisation open to all persons regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.

We are 1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Rotary International has undertaken an awareness campaign called “What is Rotary?”, highlighting Rotarians around the world who give “Service Above Self”. “Rotary is …” illustrates Rotarians just like you … everyday people, committed to improving the lives of people in need locally, nationally and internationally.

In our own series, we intend to highlight the “Service Above Self” actions that members of our club, the Rotary Club of Holdfast Bay, contribute to and participate in to help improve the lives of others.


Visit www.rotary.org for more information .