While Rotary clubs are grounded in the same values, no two are the same, because each community has its own unique needs. At club meetings in communities across the globe, our members come together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and their commitment to improving lives.
Through Interact clubs, people ages 12-18 connect with others in their community or school and learn about the world through service projects and activities.
Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 in communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership skills, and socialize.
Your club connection gives you the chance to develop skills like public speaking, project management, and event planning. You’ll meet interesting people from your community and around the world. And you’ll tackle local and international issues that are important to you and your fellow club members.
If meeting at a brick and mortar location isn’t feasible, then a Rotary e-club might be right for you. Like other Rotary clubs, e-clubs meet weekly, carry out service projects, support The Rotary Foundation, and socialize. But instead of meeting in person, they connect through the Internet.
You can expand your club connections to the world by developing a twin club relationship, organizing a Friendship Exchange, joining a Rotarian Action Group or Rotary Fellowship, or hosting an Open World visit. With more than 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, you have a friend in Rotary wherever you go.
Twin clubs, or sister clubs, are two clubs from different countries that form a long-term relationship to promote international understanding and goodwill and carry out service projects in their communities. When looking for a partner, consider clubs that:
Share similar interests, challenges, or history
You’ve worked with in the past
Are located in a place that matches your club’s service interests
Speak a common language
Explore new cultures and discover diverse perspectives by participating in a Friendship Exchange, a self-funded international exchange opportunity for Rotary members and their families. Taking part in an exchange is a wonderful way to make new friends and establish international service partnerships.
Connect with Rotary members, family members, and Rotaract members who are experts in a particular field by joining a Rotarian Action Group. Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects.
Interested in scuba diving or marathon running? Want to use your skills as a doctor or environmentalist to make a difference? Share your hobby or vocation with fellow club members, their spouses, and Rotaractors. Some Rotary Fellowships are purely social, and others use their common interests and knowledge to carry out service projects.
Rotary clubs in the United States have a unique international and vocational service opportunity through Open World. In this federally sponsored program, clubs host a small delegation of current and future leaders from Russia, Serbia, or Ukraine. Clubs prepare a professional program related to U.S. business, community, and civic life. These visits help develop a network of leaders who understand how American communities tackle contemporary issues. And the relationships they form often lead to service projects between Rotary clubs in two countries.