What is Rotary?

What is Rotary?

Rotary is an international service organization with high ethical standards working in more than 200 countries – it has over 1.2 million members. There are altogether about 270 clubs in Finland and Estonia with about 8900 members.

The foundations of Rotary organization are the local Rotary Clubs, which gather like-minded influential people together to do good in their communities. Clubs invite male and female professionals of good standing in their communities to join the club. The clubs have regular meeting times and at the meetings members, who come from different vocational groups, give talks on topical issues and invite guest speakers.

Rotary is known for its worldwide youth exchange program and youth leadership program. In almost every relatively big community Rotary has an exchange program for local high school students, which sends students abroad and receives foreign student to the community.

The best-known Rotary project is the eradication of polio from the world. Rotary has collected money and worked for it from the year 1985 in PolioPlus Project. The aim is to vaccinate all the children of the world against polio. This is done in cooperation with e.g. World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF and many countries. Later also Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has become an important partner.

Thanks to a massive campaign the number of polio cases has diminished from 350.000 to almost zero per year.