What is Rotary?
Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges — including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns — while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations. As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution.
PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1988, when Rotarians began to tackle this ominous task, there were only 71 polio-free countries. Today there are 193 and only 3 remaining countries still reporting polio cases.
Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture, and creed.
The benefits to being a member of a Rotary club are vast. Members have an opportunity to make a contribution to their own communities and to communities around the world.
Members may join Rotary for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional networking, and camaraderie with fellow members. But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction gained from making a real difference in the world. Find Rotary Club in your community.
The Winter Park/Fraser Rotary supports many local groups and events in our community. Some of our accomplishments in the last few years includes:
- Donating time and materials to the completion of Broome Hut in Second Creek (operated by Grand Huts)
- Giving dictionaries to all 3rd graders at Fraser Elementary School (this is an annual event)
- Donating time and money to The Sprout House, a safe house operated by Advocates for a Violence Free Community
- Sponsoring a foreign exchange program for local high school students
- Hosting incoming foreign exchange students
In addition to supporting local programs Winter Park/Fraser Rotary we have expanded our work globally. In recent years our Club has:
- Started a fresh water project in Ecuador, which we continue to support
- Hosted an incoming groups of international Rotarians
- will be hosting the International Ski Rotarians in January 2014
WP/F Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon, for lunch, at Beaver’s Lodge. Visitor and interested community members are always welcome.