ABOUT ROTARY

The object of Rotary

Our object is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

A little about Rotary

Rotary is an organisation of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US$240 million to immunise the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary's centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the PolioPlus program will have contributed US$500 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunisation days in polio-endemic countries around the world.

Find out more about Rotary by visiting the  Rotary International web site.

Rotary Youth Exchange

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For students aged 15-17 who are interested in travelling and experiencing a new culture. Through Rotary Youth Exchange, you will spend a year studying abroad living with Rotary volunteer host families who will introduce you to a new culture, language, and lifestyle in one of over 12 countries. 

National Youth Science Forum

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For Year 11 students passionate about science, NYSF gives an opportunity to visit a large variety of some of Australia’s leading scientific facilities and talk to many of our top scientists enabling informed career choices to be made. It's also a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people and establish professional relations and life-long friendships.

Rotaract Australia

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Be part of a club for young people like you who want to join together to tackle issues in your community that you care most about. Through Interact, you can: Carry out hands-on service projects ... Make international connections... Develop leadership skills, and... Have fun!

Rotaract is for young adults aged 18 - 30 years.                   Interact is for 14-18 year olds - often based in schools or within the community. 

Youth Driver Awareness

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Be part of a club for young people like you who want to join together to tackle issues in your community that you care most about. Through Int

Youth road trauma is a community based problem that needs a whole of community response. RYDA is a one day program, conducted at an out of school venue, which targets high school students in Years 11 and 12 (16 - 18 years). Supporting the graduate licensing schemes, the program focuses on the key government 'big five' road safety issues of speeding, DUI, fatigue, seatbelts and distractions as well as the importance of driving

Rotary Youth Leadership Award - RYLA

RYLA is a 7 day residential leadership seminar for aspiring leaders aged 18 - 25 years. The week incorporates a lot of self development through a variety of mechanisms including reflection (individually & as a team), team work, sports and outdoor activities, dancing and many others. Participants can sieze the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills, can practice new behaviours, forge life-long friends and challenge their own personal belief systems and values.   Google RYLA to find a program being offered near you.

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment - RYPEN

RYPEN provides a group of young people aged 15-17 an opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills. This weekend long program will see you engage with like-minded people, while having fun and learning new skills in areas such as problem solving and public speaking. On top of learning these skills RYPEN will give you a chance to put them to practical use, through debate and physical activity.  Contact a Rotary Club near you or Google RYPEN