Did you know?

Some interesting facts about Rotary:

  • There are more than 1.2 Million Rotarians all over the world in more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries in all geographic areas.
  • The first project of the first Rotary Club of Chicago was the installation of public toilets in the city.
  • Rotary International was one of 42 organizations the United States invited to serve as consultants to its delegation at the San Francisco conference, where from April to June 1945 representatives of 50 countries were preparing a Chapter of United Nations International Organization
  • The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships is the world's largest, privately funded scholarship program.
  • Providing vitamin A supplements during polio National Immunization Days has averted an estimated 1.5 million childhood deaths since 1998 – testimony to the "plus" in PolioPlus.
  • The first Rotaract Club was formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
  • In 1977, for the first time in the Rotary history one of the Rotary clubs in California allowed women to become members in defiance of the then-current  Rotary International Constitution and the Standard Constitution of a Rotary Club. For this violation, the club's membership in Rotary International was terminated in March 1978. Then began a multi-year trial, the result of which was the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on may 4, 1987 that Rotary clubs can not prevent membership on the basis of gender. And in 1989, Rotary International's Council on Legislation has eliminated this restriction for RI-affiliated clubs around the world.
    Today nearly 300 000 female Rotarians act globally.
  • Since 1978 under the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Program, 340 projects in 78 countries have been funded by Rotary International totaling US-$ 87 million.
  • 2006 – Polio was reduced to four countries: Afganistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.