Our members join Rotary for a variety of reasons that are very personal.  Some join for friendships and fellowship, some join because of the global reach of Rotary International, some join for business connections; yet most join to be of service.  Rotary's motto "Service Above Self" points to an organization committed to doing good in the world.  Below we outline some of the aspects of Rotary's service programs and on subsequent pages we provide greater detail of OUR club's service activities... and the good news is that every project started with the idea, passion and commitment of a Rotarian.

Avenues of Service
For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity.

The Rotary five avenues of service are:

  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
  • Youth Service recognizes the positive change and influence Rotarians have by working with and for young people


What we do
Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following seven areas (In Rotary parlance known as the Areas of Focus):
  • Promoting Peace

  • Fighting Disease

  • Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Saving Mothers and Children

  • Education

  • Growing Local Economies

  • Protecting The Environment

Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation recognize these Seven areas of focus as organizational priorities, and there are countless ways that Rotarians can address these needs locally and internationally.