About Rotary

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together community, business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

It's made up of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and they form a global network of 1.2 million individuals, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.

Why become a Rotarian?

The Opportunity to Serve

Rotarians provide service at both the local community and international levels. Service programs address health-care needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, disaster relief, and environmental cleanups, to name but a few. Members experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.

Cultural Diversity

Rotary International is an association of local clubs in many countries. Clubs are open to members of every ethnic group, gender identity, political persuasion and religious belief. Rotary clubs contain a cross-section of their local communities. They practice and promote tolerance.

Good Citizenship

Membership in Rotary makes one a better citizen. Weekly club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation and world. Rotary's extensive network of clubs and programs provides extensive opportunities for service and interchange.

World Understanding

Rotary members gain an understanding of humanitarian issues and have a significant impact on them through international service projects and exchange programs of Rotary International and its charitable arm, the Rotary Foundation. The promotion of peace is one of Rotary's highest objectives.

Sharing professional skill

Members are  drawn from local trades and business, industry, the professions, the arts, government, sports, the military, and religion As such they are able to network and use those skills and resources to benefit those who need help. It's invariably the case that when help is needed, Rotary is able to identify and mobilise the resources needed.

Personal Growth and Development

Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development. Leadership, public speaking and communication, organization and planning, team-building, fundraising, and teaching are just an example of the skills that can be exercised and enhanced through Rotary.


Fellowship was a primary reason Rotary was started in 1905, and it remains a major attraction. Today, with Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and principalities, Rotarians have friends wherever they go. Rotary helps to build community as well as enduring friendships.


Rotary hosts events and social activities that offer diversion from one's personal and business life. However perhaps the best fun is to be had from working with like minded people on community and international projects.

Family Opportunities

Rotary sponsors some of the world's largest youth exchange and educational exchange and scholarship programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for future leaders. They involve family members in a wide range of social and service activities.

Ethical Environment

Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that measures words and actions by their truthfulness fairness, goodwill, and benefit to all. Encouraging high ethical standards in one's profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days.

Find out more about joining us

 If you think you would like to find out more about what's involved in becoming a member of Berkhamsted Rotary then we are keen to talk to you!

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