Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Cohasset Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International. In over 60 years, the Cohasset club has provided thousands of hours of community service, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and other charitable donations, support Fr. Bill’s Place, the renovation of Boy Scout Camp Squanto, and the humanitarian missions of Mir Pace International.
Internationally they are 1.2 million members strong, with representation in more than 160 countries with over 30,000 clubs on six continents. Since their founding in 1905 they have been dedicated to world peace and to helping those in need. It was the world’s first service club. They were involved in the formation of the United Nations, and remain dedicated to that body today, especially with their support of UNESCO.
The world mission of Rotary International is the eradication of polio, and, although great progress has been made, there are four more countries to go.
The name Rotary came from the early practice of “rotating” meetings between the offices of the few members. Rotary Clubs, especially in New England have become more and more involved in race direction and promotion as a means of promoting and sustaining their charitable causes.