AN OVERVIEW OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
AND ROTARY DISTRICT 5960
A Global Network of Community Volunteers founded in 1905
as the world's first volunteer service organization
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders of more than 1.2 million members, who volunteer in their communities and promote world understanding and peace. Rotary's 32,000 clubs in more than 171 countries and regions encourage high ethical standards and carry out humanitarian projects to address such issues as poverty, health, hunger, education and the environment.
The present boundaries of District 5960 were established in 1982-83, with a minor adjustment in 1993-94, and now have more than 3,300 members in 64 Rotary Clubs and 4 Rotaract Clubs in southeastern and east central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.
Rotary "Service Above Self" projects include:
Local community efforts to help those in need, clean up our corner of the world and enhance quality of life.
International efforts to provide clean water, educational opportunities, medical & dental care, and a safe environment worldwide.
Our District has a special emphasis on the country of Nicaragua and its citizens.
To learn more about Rotary District 5960 service, email: Rotary office
The eradication of polio is a special priority for Rotary International, which made a commitment to immunize the world's children against polio in 1985 and became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative three years later. The other partners are the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.
Rotary's primary responsibilities include fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer recruitment. To date, Rotary has contributed nearly $700 million to the eradication effort, an amount that will grow to more than $850 million by the time the world is certified polio-free.
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