Rotary’s long-term membership strategy aims to attract a diverse set of new leaders who share our commitment and vision for creating lasting change while also making the club experience more engaging so even more of our current members stay. 

The first step to strengthening Rotary is to adapt to today’s realities and challenges, so we remain relevant to current and prospective members. 

Many clubs are implementing innovative ways to involve members and the community in Rotary. Whether they do it by creating new membership types, starting new clubs that accommodate busy schedules and different interests, or thoughtfully reexamining the style and frequency of their meetings, these clubs are discovering the value of changing to meet the diverse needs of today’s business, community, and civic leaders. To explore and find your own innovative solutions visit for examples, FAQ, and other resources.


The manage membership leads program helps Rotarians connect with prospective members, relocating members, and those referred by current Rotarians. We received more than 15,000 membership inquiries this year, which resulted in about four new members joining Rotary each day. (Data as of 1 May 2019)

  • 1.2  mil Rotary members
  • 35,981 Rotary clubs 
Other topics in the report include:

Working closely with Rotaract  

The digital experience

Making progress to end polio 

Funding your global projects

Our regional grants officers continue to help all Rotary members apply for and start their projects. Grant officers can review ideas, advise on the project’s eligibility for a grant, share resources, outline what is needed for the application, and ultimately save clubs and districts a lot of time. 

$7.1 mil in mothers and children project grants
  • $2.8 mil in peace project grants
  • $16.5 mil in water, sanitation, and hygiene grants
  • $10.6 mil in education and literacy grants
  • $32.7 mil in disease prevention and treatment grants
  • $9.8 mil in growing local economies grants

Supporting The Rotary Foundation

Partnering for impact

Working for peace

Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders who want to study at one of our peace centers. For programs that started in 2019, we had more applicants than ever before — a 44 percent increase from last year. Nearly 600 qualified applicants were interested in studying peace and conflict resolution. There are now 98 fellows studying at Rotary Peace Centers in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, and the U.S.

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