Rotary International

Barry RassinA word from our ROTARY INTERNATIONAL President, Barry Rassin

Since Rotary was founded 113 years ago, its role in the world and in the lives of its members has been in a state of continuous evolution. In its earliest days, Rotary offered its members a way to find fellowship and friendship and to build connections within their communities. Soon after, service found a place in Rotary, and as our organization expanded, so did its influence. In time, Rotary’s service, supported by our Rotary Foundation, would change the lives of families and communities across the world. We formed partnerships and focused our service to increase our impact. We launched the world’s largest public-private health initiative, partnering with governments, international organizations, and countless local and regional health agencies to eradicate polio. More and more, our members came to us seeking not just friendship but a way to take action for good.

Rotary still is, and always will be, the organization Paul Harris envisioned: a place where people from every corner of the earth can come together to become something greater than themselves. Yet Rotary today offers something of singular and enduring value: the chance to be part of a global network of people who have the talent and the drive to change the world. We are men and women who believe in the power of community action to make a global impact — and together, we have the capacity and the resources to achieve almost anything.

Globally, Rotary is more relevant than ever before, and its potential for good is vast. Unfortunately, not enough people fully understand what Rotary is and does. Even within our clubs, many Rotarians don’t know enough about Rotary to take full advantage of what Rotary membership offers.

Rotary service transforms lives and communities. To achieve even more of that truly transformational service, we need to think differently about our role in Rotary, and Rotary’s role in the world. We need to put more emphasis on our public image, using social media to build our membership and attract the partners that can help us scale up our service. We need to focus on larger projects that have a more lasting impact, taking the time to research and plan work that spans Rotary years and terms of office. Most important of all, we need to Be the Inspiration for positive change, inspiring our clubs, our communities, and our organization to face today’s challenges head on, with courage, optimism, and creativity.

As Paul Harris put it, “Rotary is a microcosm of a world at peace, a model which nations will do well to follow.” To me, Rotary is not only a model but an inspiration. It shows us what is possible, inspires us to reach for it, and gives us a path to act — and to Be the Inspiration to our world.

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International, 2018-19


For more information, please visit Rotary International’s website.


Please visit Rotary International’s Foundation page to learn about the incredible ways that people worldwide have been helped with the support of donations and also contributions from each and every Rotary club globally.

One of our most famous and long-lasting campaigns is ‘END POLIO NOW’. For 30 years, Rotarians have been raising money and working hard to travel across the globe, vaccinating children in many countries in a massive effort to stamp out this horrid disease. We are almost there – in 2019, there have been less than 20 cases reported worldwide. We are so close.

We have been honoured to have the very welcomed help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

For every pound raised via Rotary for the eradication of Polio, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation treble it, thereby making an incredible contribution to the worldwide effort.

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Last chance! The Rotary Peace Centers Fellowships applications close on 31 May. Learn how you can get full-funding for a master's degree or professional development certificate in peace studies. on.rotary.org/peacefellowships ... See MoreSee Less

Last chance! The Rotary Peace Centers Fellowships applications close on 31 May. Learn how you can get full-funding for a masters degree or professional development certificate in peace studies. https://on.rotary.org/peacefellowships

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good information...all the best.

Jimmy Kervens Jean-Félix Good Luck!

Thank u for this information

Amazing now

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"The Four-Way Test is one of Rotary’s central principles. It is of special interest in the current day, when truth — or, more precisely, truthfulness — seems to be losing its prestige in public life." —Joseph Epstein on.rotary.org/30vTgyn ... See MoreSee Less

The Four-Way Test is one of Rotary’s central principles. It is of special interest in the current day, when truth — or, more precisely, truthfulness — seems to be losing its prestige in public life. —Joseph Epstein https://on.rotary.org/30vTgyn

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Proud Rotarian

It used to be that Truth was an objective thing, but now, sadly, many people have declared it to be a subjective and personal concept, e.g., "Speak your truth" and "truthiness". I am disturbed by such decay of meaning, but I endeavour to go with the old definition, even when it makes me look bad.

I am a Proud Rotarian from Bangalore Metro , Dist 3190 , also am member of youth membership committee, let me know if anyone interested around to join in our dist 3190.

I hired a Rotarian as a realtor, worst experience of my life . Rotarians are no different than the rest of the world motivated my money. The 4 way test is laughable.

I have read a lot about Rotary and would join them Soon!!

How to overcome the conflict between principle & pragmatism is the crux of the issue.Not easy to resolve.Mahabharat is replete with this conflict.The beauty lies in pursuing the Four Way Test rather than preserving it .

Perfect! I give you Rotary all over the world

This is a great article and well done to the Rotarian magazine for bringing up these issues in these contentious times. Well done 👏👏

I wish politicians around the world would adopt and abide by Rotary’s four way test.

Excellent narrative. Si true in today's era.

Alvin Parker

Rotary Club Antrim

Sophie Roughol

Kevin Tiggemann

Here here Fred.

I have a problem with that first question. There is no such thing as the absolute truth, so it would be better to use the phrase: Is it proven? Or: Can it be proven?

I have a problem with that first question. There is no such thing as the absolute truth, so it would be better to use the phrase: Is it proven? Or: Can it be proven?

Totally agree. Start with the politicians!

It is not just politicians but journalists. Truthfulness in media coverage of public issues seems to be circling the drain.

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Bees are dying at an alarming rate. The BeeAlive. project builds bee hotels to protect bees searching for pollen, and educates communities on the importance of bees to biodiversity and the human food supply. 🐝 #BeeAlive #WorldBeeDay #SavetheBees ... See MoreSee Less

Bees are dying at an alarming rate. The BeeAlive. project builds bee hotels to protect bees searching for pollen, and educates communities on the importance of bees to biodiversity and the human food supply. 🐝 #BeeAlive #WorldBeeDay #SavetheBees

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You are awesome!!!!

Greetings from the Philippines❤ youtu.be/A5FLmtjOUv8 Happy World Bee Day to my fellow beekeepers around the world; and, to everyone who, like us, are endlessly amazed about the fascinating world of bees & honey😍 P.S. Don't miss to watch what some of our Apis Mellifera (honey bees) did to their cake❤❤❤

Trish Robertson an environmental committee project?

Very good

How about a bee raising and honey project? Is there a need for more bees in Manabi?

We need one of them for our allotment

Fantastic rotary initiative. As ever. Well done rotary.

l'abeille est primordiale pour la faune est la flore tres bonne action

Looking forward to the meeting on Friday!

Rotary is awesome!

Claude Louis , nous avons en Lorraine un excellent fabricant d'hotêls des insectes ...

It is high time that bee community should be protected for the survival of other flora and fauna..

Save the bees.🐝🐝🐝

Will Stewart, project for local Rotary; enviro offset for explo drill pads 😂😂😂

Lisa Zohir

Samantha Clark

Nora Sophie Görzel Jasmin Nimar Look at us 😀

Get rid of Monsanto. Their goal is to kill off all bees so that only their seeds can grow anything, and you'll have to buy new seeds every year..

About 50% of all pollination is carried out by native bees and other native insects. The best way to protect them is to protect their habitat, the vegetation they live in. Bee hotels like these are nice but they're no substitute for protecting natural vegetation.

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The first ever #Rotary club met in #Chicago at the turn of the last century. You can step back in time on the cobblestones of Yesterday’s Main Street at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago to see what Chicago in the 1900s looked like! #museumday ... See MoreSee Less

The first ever #Rotary club met in #Chicago at the turn of the last century. You can step back in time on the cobblestones of Yesterday’s Main Street at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago to see what Chicago in the 1900s looked like! #museumdayImage attachment

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Rotarians are all about service above self working to give a hand up to those who need it. I married a wonderful man who has been a Rotarian since 1967 & I have shared in the Rotary and many projects throughout the world.

Eileen Celeste this came up on my feed this morning and now I just saw that you were there today with the girls. Cool! Did you by chance see the rotary display?

Congratulations dear

Congratulations dear I just follow the GOOD rules in MY LIFE which IS INSPIRED by the Rotary International...Thanks🌹

I will have to visit it next time I'm home.

Rotary is the best

I love Rotary club

CAN'T WAIT TO fellowship WITH fellow Rotarians in Chicago

Phakphoum Dech

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The Rotarian Action Group For Peace works to create a place for peace-minded individuals to meet, serve, learn, and teach peace. on.rotary.org/2Vt9xAz ... See MoreSee Less

The Rotarian Action Group For Peace works to create a place for peace-minded individuals to meet, serve, learn, and teach peace. https://on.rotary.org/2Vt9xAz

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Great initiative.

Very nice

Al Jubitz is a Rotary Hero

well seasoned professional looking for some greater opportunities

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