We at the Rotary Club of Williamsport are celebrating 96 years in service to the Williamsport area. Come join us in service to our community and beyond!
Did you know?
Rotary is the 1st service organization in the world. We have 33,000 clubs in 200 countries. Our Rotary flag is flown in most countries in the world. We give out more scholarships than any other organization. We helped stamp our polio with over ¼ billion man hours to bring the Salk vaccine to over 2 billion children since 1986. We dig wells, we build bridges and we are responsible for helping to start the UN. We are honored with a permanent seat at the UN. The only other organization with this honor is the Red Cross.
The Objectives of Rotary
To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and,in particular, to encourage and foster:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal business and community life
- The advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service
Organization and administration
In order to carry out its service programs, Rotary is structured in club, district and international levels. Rotarians are members of their clubs. The clubs are chartered by the global organization Rotary International (RI) headquartered in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago. For administration purposes, the more than 32,000 clubs worldwide are grouped into 529 districts, and the districts into 34 zones.
Each club elects its own president and officers among its active members for a one year term. The clubs enjoy considerable autonomy w ithin the framework of the standard constitution and the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International. The governing body of the club is the board of directors, which consists of president-elect, vice president, club secretary and treasurer, chaired by club president. The in-club president appoints the chairmen of the four main task groups for club service, vocational service, community service and international service.
A district governor, who is an officer of Rotary International and represents the RI board of directors in the field, leads Rotary districts. The governor is nominated by the clubs of the district and elected by all the clubs meeting in the annual RI Convention held in a different country each year. To assist him with his duties, the district governor appoints assistant governors from among the Rotarians of the district.
Approximately 15 Rotary districts form a zone. A zone director, who serves as a member of the RI board of directors, heads two zones. The zone director is nominated by the clubs in the zone and elected by the convention for the terms of two consecutive years.
Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Rotary International is governed by a board of directors composed of 17 zone directors, a presidentelect and an international president. The nomination and the election of the president are based on zones. The international president, the highest officer of the organization, is elected for a term of one year. The board meets quarterly to establish policies.
The Rotary Foundation
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-forprofit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
Rotary Club of Williamsport, P.O. Box 1271, Williamsport, PA 17703-1271
Projects & Activities:
- Dictionaries to over 1,000 3rd Grade students
- JV Brown Library--Children's Wing
- Salvation Army After School Learning Program
- Highway Clean-Up Project
- Children’s Development Center – Autism Program
- Special Olympics Exchange
- Students Operation Warm Up
- Brandon Park Project
- Community Yard Sale, benefiting PolioPlus Holiday
- Adopt a Family