What Is Rotary?

Rotary International is a worldwide organisation comprising more than 33,000 individual Rotary Clubs. In the United Kingdom and Ireland there are around 1750 clubs with over 50,000 members. The common aim of all Rotarians is to help improve their communities whilst applying the Rotary moto of "Service Above Self".

Rotary International supports programmes throughout the world to reduce poverty, disease and poor living conditions. Each Rotary Club contributes to some of the worldwide projects but the main emphasis is on improvement of the local community. Projects include organising and supervising community events, promoting the achievements of young people, helping those who are disadvantaged or disabled, coordinating educational programmes and working in partnership with local businesses and charities.

Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

Rotary Focus Areas

Promoting peace
Fighting disease
Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
Saving mothers and children
Supporting education
Growing local economies

Why Not Join Us?


2018/19 Club President Alison Bannister talks about what Rotary means to her.

It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as President of the Rotary Club of Diss & District. It’s great beng involved with the local community in helping others and tryng to "make a difference” to people’s lives.  Without our Rotary Club there might never have been a Talking Newspaper in the town, and there might not have been Community Defibrillators free for anybody to use in Diss—they could save the life of anyone. The raising of funds for local charities and causes gives one enormous satisfaction, and helps foster friendship within the Rotary Club and amongst the local community. In addition, we have the benefit of belonging to a worldwide organisation that is succeeding in making great strides to eliminating Polio in the world.

If any of you would like to find out more about what’s involved in becoming a Rotarian then simply e-mail me, Alison Bannister, and we can arrange to have an informal chat.