Rotary is a community, weather it is your local community, a community on the other side of the world, or a bridge that ties the two together.
Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, which are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action. Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.
The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world. Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.
One of the projects Rotary is well known for and has dedicated themselves to is ending Polio. Rotary, along with their partners has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. For more information about polio click here: https://www.rotary.org/en/document/rotary-and-polio
Like stated before, the heart of Rotary is the clubs—dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. They are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. People gather and meet once a week and build relationships and comradery in communities across the globe.
Our local heart, the Paw Paw Lake club, supports a fairly large area, bringing together three small towns in south west Michigan that surround Paw Paw Lake. They support each of our close knit community and draws the three closer together. Their goal is to better our communities, educate people, and promote peace. In following with the idea of the original founder of rotary, our local clubs first and foremost goal is our community. From there then the focus branches out to our region, and finally to the rest of the world, but the number one focus and main goal is the community. Like all good foundations and clubs, they need people from the community willing to come along with them and start the chain reaction. Are you willing to help this place you call home?