Rotary International – A Global Force for Peace!

By: Patricia Ann Talley*, Editor and Rotarian

With over 1.2 million members, in 35,000 clubs located in 200 different nations, Rotary International is one of the largest service organizations in the world. The organization was started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris, a Chicago attorney, who formed the first club in 1905. It is a place where community professionals with diverse backgrounds can exchange ideas and provide service to their local areas. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.Rotary International Logo

Rotary is made up of three parts:

  1. Rotary Clubs are the heart of Rotary. Local Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.
  2. Rotary International supports Rotary Clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.
  3. 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.

Rotary’s “6 Areas of Focus”: Together, Rotary Clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in communities and around the world. Projects focus on the following six areas:


Rotary Action Group for Peace:rotary-for-peace

Formed in 2012, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAG) is a Rotary International approved, autonomous, international group with a passion for a particular type of service. Our passion is PEACE. We are a group of committed Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows and other Rotary program alumni working together outside club structures with the help of telecommunications and driven by the common interest of peace.

The Rotarian Action Group for Peace is an official entity that empowers and supports the peace work of Rotarians by offering structure, guidance and resources to further their peace efforts. Rotary International has a very strong commitment to peace efforts around the world.

See this short 5 minute video about Rotary’s peace efforts.

Grants for Rotary Action Group Peace Projects: Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Districts that wish pursue peace projects may apply to the Rotary Foundation for Global Grants. Peace Projects may be undertaken by Rotarians alone, or collaboratively with Rotary Peace Fellows or Peace organizations with expertise in the area concerned. Awards range from US$15,000 to US$200,000. For more information, go to: Grants: Rotarian Action Group for Peace.

Rotary Clubs in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo: Rotary has two clubs in the area. Club Rotario de Zihuatanejo meets every Wednesday for lunch at 3:00 p.m. at Catalina Beach Resort in Zihuatanejo. Club Rotario de Ixtapa meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at Hotel Emporio in Ixtapa. The public is invited.

May Peace Prevail on Earth

*Professor Patrica Ann Talley also serves at the Peace Representative for Mexico for the World Peace Prayer Society.

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