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 immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.
Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities' toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization's mission and values in their elected roles.
The Rotarian's 4-WAY TEST of the things we think, say, or do...
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIP?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Butler A.M. Rotary Club was founded in 1997, and since that time, it has donated almost $700,000 back to Butler County! Our Club prides itself on adhering to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self". We work diligently to give back to the community through our time, our service projects, and our Charities.
We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.
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We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more. Connect with leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations. The heart of Rotary is our clubs - dedicated people who share a passion for both community and service.
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man - Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, 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.
Butler AM Rotary Charities Inc is now a 501c3 charitable organization. All donations to it are tax-exempt.
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”
– Paul P. Harris, Rotary Founder