The Rotary movement is the first international service organisation, founded n 1905 in Chicago USA  and connects 1.2 million Rotarians across 210 countries.  With a 99% reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, Rotary has made tremendous progress in eliminating Polio from the world being the second biggest human disease in history after smallpox.

In 1988 Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its partners the WHO , UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Rotary Foundation spent over US$ 700 million to purchase oral polio vaccine for this project.

Rotarians serve the community by implementing educational and humanitarian projects  Rotary International is the only service organisation in the world to be declared a permanent Seat in the UN for its role in promoting peace and goodwill among nations.

The first Rotary Club in Sri Lanka was formed in Colombo in 1929. Currently there are 61 Rotary Clubs in Sri Lanka, with nearly 1,600 Rotarians..

Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to become Polio Free with a funding of US$ 2,5 MILLION from the Rotary network. Rotary Sri Lanka also takes pride in rebuilding 23 Tsunami affected Government schools in Sri Lanka at a cost over Rs 1 billion. 



The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. See the RI Strategic Plan.


The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


The Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Diversity and Rotary

Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.