Rotary club members are business and professional leaders who volunteer in their communities and promote world understanding and peace. Rotary’s roughly 31,000 clubs in more than 162 countries and regions encourage high ethical standards and carry out humanitarian projects to address such issues as poverty, health, hunger, education, and the environment.
Through more than $95 million in Rotary Foundation grants each year, Rotary clubs support community projects at home and abroad. Known as the world’s largest private provider of international education scholarships, the Rotary Foundation funds more than 1,000 students annually to study overseas and act as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with eight prestigious universities around the globe to educate mid-career professionals in peace and conflict resolution.
PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program. Rotary club members have contributed $600 million and volunteered countless hours to help immunize over two billion children against polio. In this successful effort to eliminate polio worldwide, Rotary has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.
Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Clubs meet weekly for fellowship to discuss local and global topics. Clubs are nonreligious, nongovernmental, and open to every race, culture and creed.
The Rotary Club of Conshohocken-Plymouth-Whitemarsh is located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and is one of 54 Rotary clubs in Rotary District 7450, which covers Philadelphia and parts of the surrounding counties.