Rotary is a worldwide organisation of business professionals providing humanitarian services, encouraging high professional ethics and working to build goodwill and peace on a global level. Rotary is a non-political and non-sectarian organisation. Since its beginnings in the North American city of Chicago in 1905, Rotary has continued to grow, and we now proudly boast 1.2 million members in 166 different countries around the world.
Our humanitarian, educational and cultural programs create enormous opportunities for us to do the good work of building a better and more peaceful world. The Rotary Club of Melbourne was Australia’s first Rotary Club, formed in 1921. Since then we’ve notched up an outstanding record of philanthropic and charitable work across a widely diverse cross-section of the community.