Rotary is a worldwide volunteer organization of more than 1.2 million people. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
What Rotary Does
Rotary’s Community Development Programs address many of today’s most critical issues, such as hunger, the environment and literacy. Rotary International also offers programs that focus primarily on young people, including service clubs for young adults (Rotaract), leadership training workshops (Rotary Youth Leadership Award and Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment), and the very successful overseas student exchanges for twelve months (Youth Exchange).
The International component of Rotary programs enables clubs to assist Rotary’s efforts abroad and to share information and arrange exchanges with Rotarians in other countries. Vocational concerns figure in many club projects, designed to promote high ethical standards in the workplace and to help young people and others become and remain productive members of society.
For further information visit the Rotary International website at http://www.rotary.org.
Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
Of the things we think, say or do
The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
In 2001-02, Rotary International began developing a strategic plan to guide the organization as it entered its second century of service. In June 2007, the Board of Directors approved the RI Strategic Plan 2007-10, which identifies seven priorities:
Rotary's work with the UN and other organizations
Throughout its history, Rotary International has collaborated with the United Nations, governments and nongovernmental organizations to improve the human condition.
The greatest example of Rotary’s effective collaborations is its flagship program, PolioPlus, which aims to eradicate polio worldwide. Working with spearheading partners UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, Rotary has contributed over US$600 million and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against the crippling and often fatal disease. Learn more .
Cooperative efforts are also a key element of Rotary’s local service. Rotary clubs in Toronto, for example, have worked with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for deserving families in the community. Similar collaborations have helped Rotary’s 1.2 million club members promote goodwill, service, world understanding, and peace in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Rotary and the United Nations
Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together and sharing similar visions for a more peaceful world.
In 1942, Rotary clubs from 21 nations organized a conference in London to develop a vision for advancing education, science, and culture after World War II. That event was a precursor to UNESCO. In 1945, 49 Rotarians went to San Francisco to help draft the UN Charter. Rotary and the UN have been close partners ever since, a relationship that’s apparent through PolioPlus and work with UN agencies.
Rotary currently holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies. Rotary maintains and furthers its relationship with a number of UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies through its representative network . This network consists of RI representatives to the United Nations and other organizations.
Learn more about Rotary’s local and international work through Rotary: Navigating the Global Network .
Rotarians in Western Australia have celebrated the centenary of the world’s first and greatest service organisation by unveiling a unique gift to the current and future generations of the state.
The Rotary movement has committed to raise $5 million to enable the establishment of a public cord blood bank in Perth.
The fund-raising appeal was formally launched at a special combined conference in Perth in 2005 of the three Rotary districts in WA. The highlight of the launch at Perth Convention Centre was the presentation of a cheque for $1 million from Lotterywest. Philanthropist Mr Haruhisa Handa had also donated $500,000.
It is planned the Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank will be managed and run by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. It will be the first public cord blood bank in the state. At present, apart from commercial facilities that store cord blood for private use, WA patients requiring cord blood must have it sourced from the eastern states or overseas.
What is cord blood?
Cord blood is obtained without affecting the baby or mother. It will be collected by trained cord blood bank staff from mothers who have given their permission. After processing and testing, it will be frozen and stored in a purpose-designed facility at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service headquarters in Wellington Street.
Cord blood is rich in stem cells. A small amount of cord blood contains sufficient stem cells to replenish a patient’s bone marrow with all the cells of the entire blood and immune systems.
The Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank service will be available free of charge to patients needing cord blood transplants. These are patients suffering from leukaemia and other malignant and genetic diseases.
Between a third and a half of patients requiring a bone marrow transplant have no donor either within their family or through the worldwide bone marrow donor registries. The availability of cord blood provides the potential of immediate benefit for a matched patient in need of treatment and offers the chance of survival for patients who have no other treatment option.
Cord blood transplants have also opened up a new world of hope and promise. Scientists believe current research may one day enable stem cells to be used to cure conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, heart disease, liver failure, cystic fibrosis and arthritis.
What is the ethical position with cord
blood stem cells?
Cord blood is collected outside the delivery room after the birth, and does not interfere with the birth in any way. The mother’s informed consent is obtained prior to any blood being collected, and the donations are anonymous.
Before being frozen and stored for future use, the cord blood is tested to the same rigorous standards as blood donations.
Why is Rotary involved?
To mark the 50th anniversary of Rotary, the state’s Rotarians undertook the fund-raising campaign in 1955 that led to the establishment of the University of Western Australia Medical School.
When it began planning for the 100th anniversary of Rotary International, the three Rotary districts invited nominations of a project that would have an equally profound impact on all Western Australians. From a number of nominations, a committee of eminent WA residents (all non-Rotarians) chose this.
Mr John Iriks, governor of Rotary District 9460 (southern Perth and south-western WA) and chairman of the Rotary WA Centennial Celebration Committee, said the Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank perfectly met the criteria of a project of significance to the whole of the state. “A cord blood transplant can mean the difference between life and death for current and future sufferers of disease throughout the community.
“The Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank will be a high-profile and lasting gift, something that will say to the people of WA for generations to come: ‘This is Rotary at work’,” he said.
Mr Iriks expressed the gratitude of the Rotary movement to Lotterywest and Mr Handa for their outstanding support of the project. As well as direct appeals for support, many Rotary clubs around the state are beginning campaigns to raise the rest of the money.
To join any Rotary Club, you must be nominated by a member. If you are interested in joining the Rotary Club of Attadale, please contact Martin Houchin (Mobile: 0409 334 809; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). You will be invited to one our Monday evening dinner meetings to meet other members of the club and see how our club operates. You will be made very welcome.