Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.  

One thing you will notice is that Rotarians are friendly people, and personal acquaintanceship and friendship are the cornerstones of Rotary.  It is natural that we are on a first-name basis with each other setting aside formal titles.
There are a variety of opportunities to meet and work alongside like-minded people from a diverse background of cultures, occupations and interests whether within Rotary, the local community or internationally.  The best opportunities include:

  • Club and other Rotary meetings
  • Projects and events you can participate in
  • District Conferences 
  • Rotary Conventions 

Networking in Rotary is both social and vocational, and we build meaningful connections with people and organisations within our local community. Rotary was founded on a need for business networking, and many Rotarians enjoy doing business with other Rotarians.

Friendship was the foundation on which Rotary service was built, and this includes Rotarians and members of their extended family.  Family is a vitally import part of Rotary and this is reinforced by first Object of Rotary, which is “to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.”
Rotary encourages spouses, children, and parents of Rotarians to participate in our service projects, and all Rotary meetings and programmes are open for them to participate in.   Rotary also encourages spouses/partners and adult children of Rotarians to join Rotary as members in their own right.