Founded over 100 years ago, Rotary International is committed to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership in the community. Official Rotary mottoes, "Service Above Self" and "One Profits Most Who Serves Best," trace back to the early days of the organization. Most Rotary activities fall within six general areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.
While the organization's scope is global, local Rotary Clubs enjoy considerable autonomy. They operate within the framework of the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International, but local Rotarians adapt their activities to focus on the needs of the individual communities they serve. Rotary Foundation grants empower members to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition with programs that have staying power. Rotary also provides grants for members pursuing educational opportunities including international exchanges for students, teachers and other professionals. Rotary Club members are typically among a community's business and professional leaders. and individuals interested in joining must be sponsored by an existing Rotarian,