Rotary International's Web Site
Rotary International
Paul Harris - Founder of Rotary
Paul Harris
Founder of Rotary
John F. Germ - 2016-2017 Rotary International President
John F. Germ
President 2016-2017
Rotary International
Ken Moore - District Governor, District 9830
Ken Moore
District Governor
District 9830

Rotary International

Rotary (or more correctly Rotary International) is a worldwide service organisation which is currently in 168 countries with over 37,000 clubs and in excess of 1.2 million members. 


Individual Rotary Clubs are members of Rotary International and individual Rotarians are members of a Rotary Club.


Rotary is an organisation focused on service and making a very real difference in the world.




Does Rotary have a Motto?

Yes – it is “Service Above Self”


It also still has its original motto of “They Profit Most Who Serve Best”


In addition, Rotarians aspire to The Four Way Test.  The Four Way Test is a moral compass based on “the might of right”.  It helps guide us with our decisions, actions and words in all aspects of life.


The Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Where is the head office of Rotary?

Rotary International is an international organisation with its headquarters in Evanston, Illinois (Chicago), USA.


Who is the President of Rotary International?

The President holds office for a period of one year – commencing 1 July to 30 June.  The current RI President is shown above.


Does Rotary International provide a structure to the programs to be undertaken?

Yes.  There are Five Avenues of Service in Rotary.  They are: 

  1. Club Service
  2. Vocational Service
  3. New Generations Service
  4. Community Service
  5. International Service

In addition to the above, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International provides a Trust Fund through which international humanitarian and educational programs are funded and actioned.  A separate committee manages The Rotary Foundation annual giving and Polio Eradication programs.


What is District 9830?

To provide structure to such a large global organisation, Rotary International is made up of Zones (Selected Districts within certain countries), Districts (Selected Clubs within certain Districts) and Groups (Selected Clubs within a District).  This makes leading Rotary and ensuring effective communication and adherence to policies etc, easier.  District 9830 is the compilation of the 48 Clubs within Tasmania.


Who is the District Governor for District 9830?

The District Governor is the most senior person in the District, and is selected by a District committee to lead it for the year – commencing 1 July to 30 June.  The current District Governor is shown above.


Does the District have Policies for all Rotarians to follow?

Yes, District 9830 has a number of Policies which are applicable to all Rotarians in the District.  They include the Sexual Harassment Policy, Privacy Policy, Email Policy and Recommended Code of Conduct for Dealing with Young Persons.


All members are required to have a Police Check and a Working with Children Card.  All Rotarians are required to have one of these police checks completed as soon as possible after joining a Club.  The Club’s Public Officer will assist with this process. 


How is the District Structured?

Our District has a number of Committees which each have a Chairman and Committee members.


In addition, the District Governor is assisted by a team of Assistant Governors who each have responsibility to liaise with a Group of Rotary Clubs and advise them in accordance with Rotary Policies and in accordance with the District Governor’s direction.  All Club and district positions are conducted by volunteers – no Rotarian is salaried.


The Committees are:


Club Service

International Service

Marketing & Promotion

Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)

Membership & Retention


Club Extension Committee


Family of Rotary

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)

District Conference

Rotary Friendship Exchange/Mission





Community Service

Youth Service

Australian Rotary Health (ARH)

Youth Exchange Program (YEP)


Rotary Youth Drive Awareness road safety education program (RYDA)

Emergency Medical Information Booklet

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)


The Science Experience

Community Grant Funding

Science and Engineering Challenge

Second Bite


Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)


Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)





The Rotary Foundation

Vocational Service

Group Study Exchange


Annual Giving/Permanent Fund

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Alumni & PHF Recognitions

Try’A Trade

Grants Committee


Future Vision


Peace Fellowship


Polio Plus



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Rotary Australia’s website:

Rotary District 9830 website: