Rotary is a grassroots organization, with service efforts carried out by members of Rotary clubs. District and international leaders support Rotary clubs and help them provide service in their local communities and abroad.
Rotarians are members of Rotary clubs, which belong to the global association Rotary International (RI). Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s constitution and bylaws.
Clubs are grouped into RI districts , each led by a district governor. District leaders, including assistant governors and various committees, help guide and support clubs. Annual district conferences celebrate achievements and bring Rotarians from different clubs together.
The RI Board of Directors, which includes the RI president and president-elect, meets quarterly to establish policies. Directors are elected to represent Rotary clubs within a particular zone (group of districts).
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is overseen by its Board of Trustees, which includes the Trustee chair and chair-elect. Trustees are appointed by the RI president, with approval from the RI Board.
The Secretariat, or staff, of Rotary is led by the General Secretary, who is Rotary’s chief executive officer. The staff works to serve Rotarians from the International headquarters located near Chicago, and at international offices in Argentina , Australia , Brazil , India , Japan , Korea , and Switzerland . The office for RI in Great Britain and Ireland ( RIBI ), located in England, serves clubs and districts in that region.
RI Strategic Plan
The RI Strategic Plan focuses Rotary’s efforts on clubs, helping clubs expand their service and publicize their accomplishments. The plan’s three priorities are equally important to Rotary’s future:
- Support and strengthen clubs
- Focus and increase humanitarian service
- Enhance public image and awareness