The Arlington Rotary Club was founded in July, 1929. Our club is one of approximately 30,000 clubs worldwide under the umbrella of Rotary International and dedicated to the simple motto, "Service Above Self."
Arlington Rotary is a group of approximately 40 dedicated leaders in our community from a variety of different professions who want to apply their combined talents and resources toward making a difference in the world while also enhancing the exchange of ideas across professional boundaries.
Our service projects range from the very local (e.g. picking up litter along Glebe Road), to the global (e.g. our participation in Rotary International's campaign to eradicate polio in the world). They may involve providing our own peoplepower in a good cause (packaging food at Arlington Food Assistance Center), or monetary donations to support worthy local causes (recent examples are cash donations to Arlington Thrive and our current fundraising for Doorways for Women & Families). Many of our efforts involve education, ranging from our own in-house college scholarships that put $16,000 annually in the hands of graduating Arlington seniors, our support for enrichment programs in local middle schools, or grants of scholarships through RI for study and exchange programs at a variety of levels.
Our participation in communal efforts helps us to form bonds of fellowship among members and also within the community more broadly. Opportunities are further enhanced by weekly meetings, occasional social events, and in other ways.
Rotary is International
Rotary's 1.2 million members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to 1) promote peace, 2) fight disease, 3) provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, 4) save mothers and children, 5) support education, 6) and grow local economies. There are more Rotarians outside of North America than there are in the U.S. and Canada.