Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges such as illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns — while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution.
Polio Plus is Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, rotary club members will have contributed over US$1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Clubs are non-political and open to every race, culture, and creed.
Administratively Rotary International if further divided into Districts and District 9211 consists of Tanzanian and Uganda. There are currently 122 Clubs in Rotary District 9211 with 3,300 members.
There are 40 active Rotary Clubs (RC) in Tanzania, eight of which are based in Dar es Salaam which are RC Dar es Salaam, RC Bahari Dar es Salaam, RC Dar es Salaam Oysterbay, RC Dar es Salaam North, RC Dar es Salaam Mzizima, RC Dar es Salaam Mikocheni, Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam Mlimani and Rotary Club of Pugu.