Rotary
Rotary unites people from all continents and cultures who take action to deliver real, long-term solutions to our world’s most persistent issues. Through volunteering, our 1.2 million members make lifelong friendships that transcend political and cultural boundaries and foster global understanding and respect. In addition to our 35,000 clubs, Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including: Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. There are more than 20,300 Interact clubs in 159 countries. For more information: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/interact-clubs

Rotaract clubs bring together young adults, starting at age 18 - 30yrs, to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, de-

velop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

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Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. Each year, Rotary members invest hundreds of millions of dollars and count-

less volunteer hours to promote health, peace and prosperity in communities across the globe. Rotary members take action by

providing access to clean water and sanitation, supporting education, preventing and treating disease, saving mothers and children and

growing local economies.

For more informtion: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

Ending polio

For more than 30 years, Rotary has been the driving force in the effort to end polio worldwide. Alongside our partners in the Global

Polio Eradication Initiative, we have achieved a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases, with less than 200 cases of wild polio

reported in 2019 compared with 350,000 a year in the late 1980s. Our members have contributed $2.1 billion and countless volunteer

hours to protect more than 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Today, just two countries continue

to report cases of wild poliovirus, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary remains committed to ending polio, and will raise $50 million per

year, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars through a matching agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation.

For more information: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/ending-polio

History

For 115 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. It 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, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early

practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.

For more information: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/history

Statement from Rotary International

“At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work. We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people. We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.”

Rotaract is an international volunteer organisation that brings together young adults aged 18 - 30yrs to exchange ideas, develop

leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. We’re part of Rotary International and work together to do good in the

world. Rotaract members are part of a global effort to make the world a better place. This effort starts at the community level, but

knows no limits in its outreach.

By using their skills and expertise, members enhance their professional networks, career development and cross-cultural understanding. Members enjoy seeing the positive impact of their work, while building life-long friendships. Whether it’s a club meeting, service project or social event, we make it a priority to have fun! For more informtion: http://www.rotary9630.org/index_htm_files/Rotaract_9630_brochure.pdf For International information: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs District Rotaract Clubs: Rotaract Club of South Brisbane Rotaract Club of South-West Brisbane Rotaract Club of Brisbane International Rotaract Club of Toowoomba Probus is an association of retired and semi-retired people who join together in clubs, the basic purpose of which is to provide regular opportunities for them to keep their minds active, expand their interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends. Probus clubs may only be formed/sponsored by a Rotary Club. Each Probus club is aligned with a Rotary District. Once Rotary sponsors a Probus club and it is accredited by Probus South Pacific Limited (PSP) it operates within the parameters of its’ Constitution and accreditation requirements. For more informtion: https://www.probussouthpacific.org/ Peace Fellows awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,300 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank For more informtion: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships