The heart of Rotary is our members, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.
Rotary members share ideas, make plans, hear from the community, and catch up with friends during club programs that fuel the impact we make.
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.
Some clubs conduct all or part of their meetings online, for members who have a busy schedule, limited mobility, or live in an area without an established Rotary club. Online clubs, sometimes known as e-clubs, meet regularly, carry out service projects, support The Rotary Foundation, and socialize, like any other Rotary club, without the cost that often comes with meeting in person.
You can expand your club connections to the world by developing a twin club relationship, organizing a Friendship Exchange, joining a Rotary 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
Browse projects seeking resources and consider partnering on a service project as a first step toward establishing a twin club relationship.
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.
Download a Rotary Friendship Exchange promotional postcard.
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Rotary Action Groups
Connect with Rotary members, family members, and Rotaract members who are experts in a particular field by joining a Rotary 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.
An intercountry committee offers you the chance to work with Rotary clubs or districts in two or more countries. You might work with a committee to carry out international service projects, to sponsor a new Rotary club, or to develop a twin club relationship.
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.
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Download the Open World program brochure
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