Rotary is a global network of community volunteers. Rotary members are business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge is one of over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas who initiate service projects to address today's challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, violence, drug abuse, lack of clean water and environmental concerns. Rotary clubs determine service projects based on local needs
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland has over 50,000 members in over 1,500clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary International, the world's first service organisation.
Members are enthusiastically committed to the drive to wipe out polio from the world. Since Rotary became involved in polio eradication in 1985, the number of reported polio cases has fallen from 350,000 a year to 1,000; 125 endemic countries have been reduced to just 4 - Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan; and two billion children have been protected from the disease.
Today, rotary holds the highest consultative status given by the United Nations to non-governmental organisations. In this capacity, Rotary has a voice within the UN system, allowing access to its people and resources worldwide.