Rotary is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations in the world
- As volunteers, Rotary members have been serving the needs of communities worldwide since 1905.
- Today, the 1.2 million women and men of Rotary belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.
Rotary is a global network of business and professional leaders.
- Through volunteer service, Rotary members build friendships and enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances.
- Rotary clubs are nonpolitical and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
Rotary and Peace
Rotary promotes peace and international understanding through its educational and humanitarian programs.
- Rotary sponsors the largest privately funded international scholarship program in the world.
- Rotary has teamed with leading universities around the world to offer a master’s degree program in peace and conflict resolution at six Rotary Centers for International Studies.
- Rotary clubs promote peace by initiating thousands of international humanitarian projects every year that address the underlying causes of social instability and conflict, such as hunger, poverty, disease, and illiteracy.
Rotary’s top philanthropic goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.
- Since 1985, Rotary members have contributed more than US$800 million and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.
- Rotary members have raised another $200 million in 2012 to match a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide, from 350,000 cases in 1988 to less than 2,000 in 2008.
- An estimated five million children have been spared disability, and over 250,000 deaths averted.
- Yet polio still threatens children in parts of Africa and South Asia, and remains endemic in four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
The world must remain committed in order to achieve a polio-free world.
- If we don’t stay the course, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years, negating the world’s $6 billion global investment.
- The threat of polio anywhere is a threat to children everywhere.
Rotary is committed to fighting polio until every child is safe from this devastating disease.
More about your local Rotary Club in Granada Hills:
The Rotary Club of Granada Hills, California is the largest Rotary Club in the north SanFernando Valley.
Some of our members include representatives of the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, the North Valley Family YMCA, the Granada Hills Neighborhood Council, S.O.L.I.D., the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Boy Scouts of America, and many more.
Our Club members meet each Thursday, from noon to 1:30pm at the Porter Valley Country Club. Guests are always welcome