The original founding principle of Rotary was to meet periodically to enlarge one’s circle of business and professional acquaintances and simultaneously make new friendships. As the oldest service club in the world, Toledo Rotary members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, executives, managers, business leaders, and professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Service programs address such concerns as early childhood development, hunger, homelessness, poverty, and the environment. Rotarians experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.
With more than 32,000 clubs in over 200 countries & geographical areas, Rotarians gain an understanding of humanitarian issues through international service projects and exchange programs. One of Rotary’ highest objectives is to build goodwill and peace throughout the world.
Rotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of membership today. Club members enjoy the camaraderie with like-minded professionals, and club projects and fellowship offer additional opportunities to develop enduring friendships. Rotary club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city in the world.
Weekly Rotary club programs inform members about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world and motivating them to make a difference.
Fellowship activities give Rotarians a chance to let loose and have fun. Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and activities that offer diversions from today’s demanding professional and personal schedules. Bowling, Rotary Unplugged, the holiday party, ITZA Ball, and cool hands-on activities like the Dragon Boat races and Kids Against Hunger provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education, and service.