Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 167 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs. 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 nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US $240 million to immunize the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary's centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the PolioPlus program will have contributed US$600 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US $1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.
The Owatonna Early Edition Club was chartered in 2000 and sponsored by the long-standing Owatonna Rotary Club. The Early Edition Club was created as an alternative option for Owatonna early birds to become Rotarians.The Early Edition Club shares the original club's mission but with a different approach. From the start, Early Edition Rotarians chose to foster a hands-on club. With leaner numbers than the "Noon" club, Early Edition members are expected to jump in right away and contribute their time and energy to the success of the Club's projects.
Club meetings are held weekly with engaging speakers who keep members well informed about community events, non-profit organizations, humanitarian projects, new businesses, local history and the like.
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