Rotary What is Rotary

Our Structure

Rotary is a GRASSROOTS organisation with our most meaningful service work through our Rotary clubs.

Rotary is a GRASSROOTS organisation with our most meaningful service work through our Rotary clubs. It is the Rotary clubs themselves that belong to the global association Rotary International and while autonomous they are bound by the Policies and Procedures of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary clubs are grouped into districts led by District Governors who are nominated by clubs in their districts for their leadership skills, Rotary experience, and dedication to service. They are trained extensively and serve a one-year term, leading a team of assistant governors and district committees to support and strengthen clubs and motivate them to carry out service projects.

Districts are organised into regional zones, each led by a team of regional leaders. New Zealand, the Pacific and Australia are one zone (Zone 8).

Rotary International is administered by the Secretariat, which comprises the general secretary and nearly 800 employees who work to support clubs and districts around the world with its headquarters in Evanston supported by seven regional offices. Rotary staff support Rotary members and work to make Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation run smoothly and effectively.

The Rotary International president is elected to a one-year term, during which she or he presides over the Board of Directors. The RI Board of Directors and The Rotary Foundation Trustees govern our organisation and its Foundation. The Board sets policies that aim to help clubs thrive. Clubs elect members of the Board, or directors, every year at the Rotary International Convention. Each director serves for two years and represents one of the Rotary zones. The Board of Trustees manages the business of The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary International president-elect appoints Trustees to four-year terms.

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