Rotary International

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

Rotary International,

organization of business and professional people, founded (1905) by Paul Percy Harris, a Chicago lawyer. Beginning with one club in Chicago, it spread to other cities, and in 1910 the National Association of Rotary Clubs was formed. After other branches were established in many countries throughout the world, the name was changed (1922) to Rotary International. Each club contains no more than one representative of each business or profession in its locality. The name was derived from the original custom of meeting in rotation at the members' places of business. The organization promotes friendly cooperation and high standards of service among business people, supports charities and welfare activities, and encourages international friendship; it also oversees a scholarship program for international study. Its membership (1.2 million) is spread among more than 161 countries; its headquarters are in Evanston, Ill. Its official publication is the Rotarian.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Over many years, Rotary International have raised more than PS500millon and have helped immunise 80million children.
Additional to the valuable and highly needed medical equipment, the governors and the Rotary International president dug and prepared a peace garden at a school for girls in one of the many needy communities on the island.
Rotary International District Governor Terry Long said Harold's award recognised his many years of service with the organisation.
"Winning community trust is vital to carrying out the polio endgame plan worldwide," according to Rotary International. "Rotary members have established seven polio resource centers in Pakistan to build community trust in areas that are at high risk of the disease.
A much-loved member of the Australian and International literacy community, as well as Rotary International, Nea envisaged that teachers of all subjects needed to understand the critical role they play in literacy learning.
THE National President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland recently visited the Troop Aid headquarters in Shirley as part of his tour of the Midlands Peter King and his wife Di were escorted by the Rotary District Governor John Crawford.
e torch commemorates the eradication of polio in India through the combined e orts of Rotary International and Bill and Melinda Gates.
Past district governor, Dave Sadler and his wife Anne, from Saltburn, will join a group of 76 volunteers and meet up with 250 other Rotary International members from Belgium, USA, Japan, Australia and Holland to help with the immunisation of children across the country.
The Rotaract Club, affiliated with Rotary International, is geared for men and women ages 18 to 30.
Karachi -- Under a memorandum of understanding signed among the provincial education department, USAID and Rotary International, computer and science laboratories will be established at government schools constructed by the USAID.
For over the past three years, we have supported Rotary International's PolioPlus program in India through grants and contributions, some of which have been matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.