Founded in Chicago USA in 1905 by Paul Harris, Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business & professional people. There are over 32,000 clubs and 1.2m members, representing almost every walk of life. Rotary's motto is 'Service Above Self'. Its mission is to provide service in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world to build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. 


A good example of Rotary worldwide is Polio Plus. This is a programme which has the goal of eradicating polio by the year 2005. Since 1985 Rotary has raised over $296 million for this cause. In the year 1996/7 154 countries reported zero cases of polio. Subject to fundraising efforts the eradication target is on course.