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1979

Rotary clubs take on a project to buy and help deliver polio vaccine to more than six million children in the Philippines.

1985

Rotary International launches PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, with an initial pledge of US$120 million.

1988

Rotarians raise US$247 million for PolioPlus, more than double their fundraising goal of $120 million. The World Health Assembly passes a resolution to eradicate polio, setting up the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. More than 125 countries are polio-endemic.

1991

Last case of wild poliovirus in the Americas.



Make a difference today!
What does it take to change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.

In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.

Getting Involved
Interested in Rotary and wondering how you can become involved in some way?
Becoming a Member of a Rotary club is a way you could choose to make a real difference.
There are many benefits to Rotary membership:

Friendship
In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of our basic needs: the need for friendship. It is one of the two reasons Rotary was founded in 1905.

Business Development
The second reason for Rotary’s origination was business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of the business community, from all walks of life. Rotarians seek to help each other and collectively help others.

The Opportunity to Serve
Rotary is a service with the motto Service Above Self. Rotarians provide community service locally and internationally. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to experience the self-fulfillment that comes from the process. It is a richly rewarding activity.

The Development of Ethics
Rotarians practice a Four Way Test, a test that governs our ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

Personal Growth and Development
Membership of Rotary continues to provide opportunities for growth and education in human relations and personal development.

Fellowship
Every Rotary club and District has fellowship activities that provide a diversion from business life. Conferences, conventions and assemblies also provide good entertainment in addition to information, education and service.

Continuing Education
Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep members informed about community, national and world events. Guest speakers and timely topics are presented and discussed.

The People
Rotary is fun; the people make it an enjoyable experience! Many lifelong friendships have emanated from belonging to a Rotary club.

Of course the best way to find out more about Rotary is to visit a Rotary meeting and find out for yourself. You will be warmly welcomed whether you are interested in joining or if you simply would like to learn more about how Rotary works...