Rotary International

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There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs doing good all over the world. This network of clubs makes up Rotary International.

As a club member you help elect your own leaders each year, and your president works with your president-elect, officers, board members, and committee chairs to manage the club. Your club pays dues to RI, and in return RI provides resources, training, and programs to help your club run effectively.

Your club and others in your geographic area are part of a district, led by your district governor. Districts help clubs connect to each other and access Rotary resources. There are around 530 districts, and these are organized into 34 zones. Each zone has about the same number of Rotarians.

Rotary clubs sponsor other service clubs and groups that broaden our reach:


The president of Rotary International is elected by Rotarians and leads an elected board of directors. The president serves for one year, and directors serve for two years.

The general secretary manages staff at Rotary’s headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and additional offices around the world.

Learn more about Rotary's leadership.