Rotary is kind of a big deal. With over 1.2 million members worldwide, it’s the second biggest service organization on the planet. And if you’re a fan of the planet … well, that’s just what Rotary wants to preserve. Through peace. Through service. Through understanding. And — get this — NOT through religious or national affiliation. We don’t care what you believe or who you voted for. The way Rotary sees it, the most important thing is that we come together to accomplish some much-needed tasks for a lil’ group we like to call humanity.  

Rotary efforts have already helped eradicate 99.9% of global cases of polio. (Never heard of polio? Thank a Rotarian for your ability to NOT know about this awful disease.) Now, armed with a massive investment and partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary is poised to take on even more ambitious global projects, including water and sanitation access, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy to name a few areas of focus. In addition to these large-scale, international projects, Rotary clubs are always working to improve their own communities, too. 


1. You’ll make local connections.  

Rotary can introduce you to other like-minded and wonderfully diverse people from your community. 

2. You’ll make a global impact. 

Two words: Bill. Gates. He and Melinda Gates see the efficiency and effectiveness of the Rotary Foundation. So much so that they partnered with Rotary to commit $450 million to eradicating polio from this sweet planet we’ve got here.

3. You’ll see your work pay off locally.

Sure, the whole “saving the world” thing is cool, but if you’re wanting to make a difference a little closer to home, don’t worry, Rotary does that too! 

4. You can inspire the next generation... 

We have amazing youth programs to get high schoolers involved in service and leadership, and being involved in Rotary is life-changing for these kids!

5. ...and spend time with the Greatest Generation.

Sure, Rotary has a bit of a reputation for skewing older, and hey, there’s some truth there. But there is also a ton of great experience and perspective to be gained from the Greatest and Boomer generations. 

6. You’ll get inspired.

No matter what your motive is in considering Rotary, the meetings you attend will likely include a guest speaker or performance. 

7. You’ll put your energy where it’s really needed. 

Here’s (perhaps) the best part of getting involved in Rotary: these clubs freakin’ need you like crazy! We need leaders from every community in the world to join Rotary and amplify our impact. 

About the author...
Ryan Bell
Ryan Bell has been a Rotary member for seven years, and he is the owner of Locals Love Us Iowa City. His great passions include community-building, Pearl Jam and Iowa whiskey.