What Is Rotary?
Rotary is a global network of community volunteers. It was founded in 1905 and is one of the FIRST- and one of the largest service organizations- in the world.
Rotary club members are business, professional, and community leaders who meet regularly to plan and implement community service activities and network with other professionals. Members can also choose to become involved in international humanitarian service efforts.
Rotary builds international understanding through scholarships, exchange programs, and humanitarian grants. Throughout the world, Rotary clubs participate in a broad range of educational, intercultural, and humanitarian activities designed to improve the lives of others.
Benefits Of Membership
Belonging to a Rotary club provides members with an opportunity to serve their local community and other communities around the world.
Members join for many reasons including:
– community involvement and “giving back”
– professional and social networking
– fostering international understanding
– camaraderie with fellow members
– personal and professional development
But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction gained from making a real difference in the world!
Our organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago (one of the world’s first service organizations) on February 23, 1905. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
It began as a place where professional men with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.
Today, there are about 1.2 million men and women of all ages in over 200 countries. Rotarians are welcome at any of the 34,000 clubs around the world and enjoy the camaraderie of an international organization.
Rotary’s main initiative, focuses on the eradication of polio and global immunization efforts. Since vaccinating the first child in the Philippines in 1979, Rotary has played a leadership role in PolioPlus eradication activities along with the World Health Organization, CDC, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rotary and our partners, have reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide and are on the brink of polio eradication!
We are so very close, but we can use your help!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ROTARY CLUBS:
West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club
143 S. Main Street
West Bend, WI 53095
West Bend Noon Rotary Club
Post Office Box 961
West Bend, WI 53095
Menomonee Falls Rotary Club
PO BOX 71
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Slinger-Allenton Rotary Club
PO Box 404
Slinger, WI 53086
Hartford Rotary Club
Hartford, WI 53027