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Founded in 1905, Rotary International was the world's first service club organization. We have more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are apolitical, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

The main objective of Toronto East Rotarians is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. We develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues - children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, literacy, and violence. We also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students and other professionals, and vocational and career development.

 

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Although each Rotary club develops autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. PolioPlus, the most ambitious program in Rotary's history, is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. Since 1985, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.  In 1985 there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 endemic countries.  Today that number has decreased to less than 1,000 cases in 4 endemic countries.

Find out more about Rotary by visiting the Rotary International web site.