There’s something that all Rotary club members have in common: We take action. As community volunteers, we reach out to neighbors in need. We build, support, and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally. Whether you’re a veteran volunteer or new to community service, we welcome people like you. We would be happy to answer your questions and help you discover the benefits of joining Rotary.
Around the world and around the corner, the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary
- Get involved in their communities
- Connect with other professionals
- Share their time and experience with young people
- Support global causes, such as eradicating polio
- Use their skills to help others
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity. Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service:
Club Service involves all of the activities necessary for Rotarians to perform to make their club function successfully. This includes the Secretariat, Treasurer, Sergeant, Membership Development, Club Bulletin, Public Relations. Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
Vocational Service is a description of the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation to the other members of the club. It also includes programs such as Pride of Workmanship, Shine On Awards, Vocational Talks, Vocational visits to work places, Peer Support Program, Awards Nights. Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
Community Service pertains to those activities which Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. It frequently involves assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life. Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects.
International Service, describes the many programs and activities which Rotarians undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more. International Service projects are designed to meet humanitarian needs of people in many lands. Programs include Rotary Foundation, Ambassadorial Scholars Scholarships, Group Study Exchange, Student Exchange, Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, Royce Abbey Awards, World Peace Scholarships, Shelterboxes, Aquaboxes, Rotary Project Volunteers, Safe Water-Save Lives, Rotarians Against Malaria, Interplast, Donations in Kind.
Youth Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.