The original Tempe Rotary Club was chartered on Valentine’s Day in 1923, on the eleventh anniversary of Arizona’s statehood. The first meetings were held in the backroom in what was then the City Confectionery in a storefront just south of the what is now the Mill Avenue Shops on the west side of Mill Avenue between Fifth and Fourth Streets.
What would it take to change the world? Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you’ll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
Here’s something that all Rotary club members have in common: We take action. As community volunteers, we reach out to neighbors in need. We build, support, and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally.
Around the world and around the corner, the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary
- Get involved in their communities
- Connect with other professionals
- Share their time and experience with young people
- Support global causes, such as eradicating polio
- Use their skills to help others
Whether you’re a veteran volunteer or new to community service, we’re looking for people like you.
Maybe you’ve seen a need in your own community and wondered how you could help. Maybe you want to use your professional skills to help others — or even learn new skills. Maybe you’re seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in your community or abroad.
Whatever your reason, joining Rotary can help you achieve these goals, and so much more. See why these men and women are members of their local Rotary club.
A Rotarian is presented with many personal and professional opportunities, including:
- New opportunities for community service – from the local to the international level.
- Fellowship and friendship with over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide who share the same Rotary values.
- Developing leadership potential and public speaking skills.
- Broadening one’s circle of friends and acquaintances.
- Increasing one’s knowledge of world affairs and cultural similarities.
- Exposure each week to relevant information and topics about the community, nation and world.
- Fostering business contacts and relationships.
- A new awareness of the community’s needs, while taking action to meet those needs.
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:
The fundamental Rotary concept of “service above self” is integrated into our long-standing commitments to a wide range of issues from local community service to international humanitarian causes.
Collectively, we are actively involved, both locally and internationally to apply founder Paul Harris’s aims of cooperation, teamwork, common purpose, and community spirit.