Rotary is a global network of community volunteers. Rotary members are business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Some 31,000 Rotary clubs in more than 165 countries carry out service projects in their local communities and abroad to address such critical issues as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment.


Rotary clubs participate in a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational activities designed to improve the human condition. Rotary’s humanitarian grants support club projects that provide health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, youth development, and education to millions of people in need — particularly in the developing world. In addition, Rotary provides more than 200 grants each year to fund the work of Rotary volunteers, who travel to parts of the world where their technical expertise and knowledge are most needed to alleviate hardship and solve problems.

Here are some representative projects that the Rotary Club of Ukiah has completed:

Local Projects

  • Landscaped the Sun House adjacent to the Grace Hudson Museum
  • Redeemed the Senior Center Debt
  • Built “pocket parks” for the City of Ukiah (Railroad Square, Post Office)
  • Constructed storage shed, irrigation system and fountain for Ukiah Players Theater
  • Built BBQ pits for the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds
  • Held annual Christmas parties for Trinity School
  • Organized outings for underserved youth
  • Helped build roof on Pavilion at Low Gap Park
  • Rebuilt the Rocket Ship at City Park
  • Refurbished fence for UVAH
  • Joint sponsor of water coolers at Ukiah High School
  • Put sod in at Ukiah High School
  • Sponsored annual Farmer’s Night

Annual Local Projects

  • Participate in fundraising events for Special Olympics, Skate Board Park, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, SPACE and others
  • Prepare pancake breakfasts and barbeques for local events
  • Provide scholarships, special recognition and leadership events for local students
  • Joint sponsor of Interact Club at Ukiah High School
  • Sponsor Guitars for the Troops and local veterans

International Projects

  • Financed and delivered a school bus, school supplies and a power generator for a 3-room combined school and health clinic in a remote area of Baja California
  • Financed medical missions and surgical supplies in Guatemala
  • Participated in the building of a school in El Salvador and Nicaragua through SEEDS of Learning
  • Provided financial support for a rainwater harvesting project, partnering with a local club in India 
  • Participated in the international student exchange for several years
  • Jointly adopted a village in Ugazi, provided school supplies and mosquito nets 
  • Purchased tires for a bus of an orphanage in Mazatlan Mexico
  • Jointly sponsored the building of a lunch room for a school in Mexico
  • Purchased stoves for a village in India
  • Jointly sponsored installation of solar panels for an orphanage in Mazatlan


Rotary builds understanding through international scholarships, exchange programs, and humanitarian grants. In 2002, Rotary launched the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, an innovative program designed to educate tomorrow’s peacemakers. Hosted at seven leading universities around the globe, the program funds 70 World Peace Scholars each year for graduate studies in international relations, conflict studies, and negotiation — providing promising leaders the tools to further the cause of peace. Some 35,000 students from 110 countries have also studied abroad since 1947 as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars. Rotary’s Group Study Exchange has helped more than 45,000 young professionals explore their career fields in other countries. And, each year some 8,000 secondary-school students experience life in another country through Rotary’s Youth Exchange program.

Polio Eradication

In 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus, an ambitious program to immunize the world’s children against polio. Rotary’s grassroots leadership, volunteer support, and initial funding for vaccine provided the catalyst for the World Health Assembly’s resolution in 1988 to eradicate polio worldwide. Spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are the World Health Organization, Rotary International, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. As a result of this partnership’s efforts, polio cases have dropped by 99 percent since 1988, and the world stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease. Rotary members have given more than half-a-billion U.S. dollars and countless hands-on volunteer hours to this critical effort. The savings to be realized from polio eradication are potentially as high as US$1.5 billion per year — funds that could be used to address other public health priorities. The savings in human suffering will be immeasurable.


Paul P. Harris formed the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self and, as it celebrates its centennial, Rotary continues to concern itself with truth, fairness, improved relations between peoples, and world peace. Belonging to a Rotary club gives men and women an enjoyable and organized way to make a contribution to their community. Rotary members meet weekly to plan club, community, and international service activities. By using their skills and expertise globally, members also enhance their professional network, career development, and cross-cultural understanding. Rotary clubs are nonreligious, nongovernmental, and open to every race, culture, and creed. Members represent a cross section of local business and professional leaders. To learn more about a Rotary club in your community, please visit the information for prospective members section of the Rotary International Web site at or contact your local club.