Rotary is defined as 'An organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill & peace in the world'
Rotary is the world's largest service organization with a global presence. Presently Rotary International has its presence in 216 countries & geographical regions and with a global membership of more than 1.2 million Rotarian volunteers across 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide. The Clubs are grouped into 534 Districts, and the Districts are organized into 34 Zones. Each Club is an independent unit and leads its own service projects, in collaboration and support from other Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District.
The motto of Rotary is 'Service Above Self'.
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life;
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Service efforts of the Rotary clubs are directed toward the following areas of focus:
Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
Disease prevention and treatment
Water and sanitation
Maternal and child health
Basic education and literacy
Economic and community development