Rotary International

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee is a proud to be part of Rotary International, a worldwide network of over 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.


We’ve been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, we’ve taken on some of the world’s toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals—get started. Learn about Rotary’s history.


Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities’ toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world.


Rotarians contribute to the The Rotary Foundation which supports an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding. Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations and shelter for millions of persons. These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe.


Polio Plus is one of the primary initiatives of the Rotary Foundation. Its goal is to eradicate Polio throughout the world. When Rotary took up the fight, 350,000 kids were infected by polio annually. Today polio had been eradicated in all but three countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan).


The Rotary Club of Milwaukee (RCM) has a long history of supporting the Foundation. RCM has within its ranks of current members over 160 Paul Harris Fellows—those who have given at $1,000 or more to the Foundation. Click here for a list of current Paul Harris Fellows.