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What is Rotary?
Rotary is an organization of businesses and profesional men and women united world wide to conduct humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary began in 1905 when a man named Paul Harris and three of his friends began meeting on a regular basis. There are curently over 1,200,000 members in 29,000 clubs in over 159 countries.
Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
In 1985, Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio. Since that time, Rotary's efforts and those of partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world, have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide. Rotarians stand at the brink of a great victory and look forward to celebrating the global eradication of polio in 2005, the organization's centennial year.