Rotary International is an international vice organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethnical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization, open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. Ther eare 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.
Rotarians usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships as an opportunity for service. “It is the duty of all Rotarians.” states their Manual of Procedure “outside their clubs, to be active as individuals in as many legally constituted groups and organizations as possible to promote, not only in words but through exemplary dedication, awareness of the dignity of all people and the respect of the consequent human rights of the individual.” The Rotarian’s primary motto is “Service Above Self”; its secondary motto is “One profits most who serves best.”
Rotaract originally began as Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States and has grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organization of over 9,539 clubs spread around the world and 219, 397 members. It is a service, leadership, professional and community service organization (often miscommunicated as Social Service Club) for young men and women between the ages 18-30. Rotaract focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. Clubs around the world also take part in international service projects, in a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.