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Rotary is a worldwide organization of approximately 1.2 million Rotarians that are members of more than 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. The worldwide organisation is over 100 years old and, since its humble beginnings in Chicago in 1905, is internationally renowned for improving the lives of millions of people in local communities and around the world

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has over 55,000 members in 1,855 clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary International, the world's first service organisation

Rotary is non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Rotary clubs are based in local communities across the world with its members meeting on a regular basis for fun and friendship, and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others

In local communities alone, each club raises tens of thousands of pounds for community projects and local charities, often more. Members also volunteer their time - supervising community events, running a host of projects aimed at promoting and assisting, local and national, charities

Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in world-wide campaigns for the provision of humanitarian relief from natural disasters, disease, disability, poor hygiene and poverty. Rotarians, world-wide, have raised hundreds of millions of pounds towards the target of eliminating polio. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.

By combining their skills and resources, members of Rotary are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others. If you like helping others, here is your chance to do something worthwhile and make a real difference.