Elementor #185


“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”

—Paul P. Harris

Our 1.2 million-member organisation started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organisation, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.  

Our Structure

Rotary is made up of three parts: our clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation. Together, we work to make lasting change in our communities and around the world.


Rotary clubs

Rotary clubs unite dedicated people to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.


Rotary International

Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs and initiatives.


The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.


Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term.


Saving mothers and children

Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.

Fighting disease

We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.



Growing local economies

We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Promoting peace

Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.



Supporting education

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.


ALE Projects and Programmes



Our club committee structure is based on the Rotary Club Bylaws, and club committees are charged with carrying out long-range goals. Club committee leaders report all committee activities to the club’s board.

Club Executive Committee

This committee conducts all the club’s administrative activities associated with the effective operation of the club. Roles include:

  • President: RP Estherlynne Osei-Bonsu
  • Vice President: DGSR Maria Aba Poku
  • President Elect: PE  Pamela Batir
  • Secretary: RTN  Taale Dakurah
  • Treasurer: RTN Michael Abbiw
  • Sergeant-At-Arms: RTN Mercy Agyemang

Major Donors

This committee conducts all the club’s administrative activities associated with the effective operation of the club. Roles include:


PP Richard and PP Samuel Asare-Konadu

RP Estherlynne Osei-Bonsu   
RTN Kofi Kye-Duodu
PP Jude Andoh        
RTN Daniel Boateng
RTN Nana Yaa Ofori-Koree 
RTN Ken Ashigbey
RTN Senam Goh
R-Anne Gwen Asare-Konadu
PP Maria Poku


This committee develops and implements plans to provide the public with information about Rotary and promotes the club’s service projects and activities.

  • Club Administration: RTN Asor Aidoo
  • Service Projects: RTN Somuah Tenkorang
  • Public Relations: PP Harris Hammond
  • Membership: PP Samuel Asare Konadu
  • Rotary Foundation: RTN Nana Hemaa Owusu-Ansah


Rotary’s leadership team reflects the diverse cultures and occupations of our more than 1.2 million members around the world. Whether helping to develop Rotary policy, providing financial support, managing a global staff, or advancing Rotary’s strategic plan, each member of the team is dedicated to helping our volunteers connect, communicate, and take action to create positive change.


Our Ongoing Commitment

Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary

We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.

Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunise 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.