WHAT IS ROTARY?

Who Are Rotarians? We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

WHAT MAKES ROTARY DIFFERENT?

Rotary's distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages. We make a difference at home and around the world. Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.

We Act Responsibly

Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.

We Think Differently

We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.

We See Differently

Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.

HOW DO WE WORK?

Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities' toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization's mission and values in their elected roles.

OUR HISTORY

We’ve been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since then, we’ve taken on some of the world’s toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals—get started. Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them.

Rotary came to Victoria in 1913. Supporters from Seattle and Vancouver Rotary clubs, along with local community leaders helped establish the Rotary Club of Victoria as the 90th Rotary club in the world. Since then, Rotary in Greater Victoria has gone from strength to strength. We are now 13 clubs strong with over 400+ members.

WHAT DO WE SUPPORT?

We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns. Through our network of resources and partners, we help clubs focus their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.

Our commitment to helping others is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 205, only two countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.