Rotary is a worldwide service organization made up of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians participate in more than 34,000 clubs located in 200+ countries. The Bloomington Rotary Club was chartered on April 13, 1918.
Members volunteer their efforts to improve the quality of life in their communities and beyond. Rotary clubs, which meet weekly, are nonpolitical, nonreligious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. Club membership represents a cross-section of local business and professional leaders. The organization’s motto is “Service Above Self.”
Rotarians initiate community projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, including drug abuse, hunger, the environment and illiteracy. In addition, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, a 20-year commitment to eradicate polio. The Bloomington Rotary Club actively supports this initiative.
Other Bloomington Rotary projects include:
- Teachers Warehouse
- Academic Scholarships
- Salvation Army Bell Ringing
- VITAL Quiz Bowl
- 5K Eastside Run
- WTIU & WFIU Fundraising
- International Water Project in Sierra Leone
- Volunteer work with StoneBelt, PALS and area schools
Bloomington Rotary Meetings
Bloomington Rotary meets for lunch at noon on Tuesdays in the Indiana Memorial Union. We begin with lunch and fellowship, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and reflection. After Rotarians and guests are introduced, speakers cover a variety of topics.