How the Rotary Club Works

The Rotary Club at Work

In 1917, current Rotary president Arch C. Klumph thought it would be a good idea to set up an endowment for the group to help promote and further its causes. The first donation rolled in at $26.50. As the years went by, the name of this wing of the group became The Rotary Foundation, and the donations soared. Today, The Rotary Foundation has raised over $1 billion to support its various projects [source: RI].

Beyond the foundation, Rotary is active in the United States and abroad to achieve its strategic goals. From 2007 to 2010, the club has seven priorities:

  • The eradication of polio
  • Advancing the recognition and public image of Rotary International
  • Increasing the organization's ability to provide service to those in need
  • Membership expansion
  • Emphasizing Rotary's commitment to vocational services
  • Cultivating leadership talents
  • Fully implementing their strategic plan

[source: RI]

You can take on a range of tasks as a Rotary Club volunteer, in fields including everything from administrative tasks to disaster relief. A searchable volunteer database lets you find projects that search your expertise or location [source: RI]. You don't have to be a member of Rotary International to volunteer. To learn more about volunteering with the organization, you can download the Rotary Volunteers Handbook from its Web site.

The Rotary Club fully embraces today's youth. Read on to learn about Rotary's youth and educational programs.