Rotary International is an international civic organization founded by business people to do ‘good in the world’, and it has local club chapters throughout the world.
The Battle Ground Rotary Club, known as the “Fun club”, is a local service club addressing a variety of needs and challenges of Battle Ground and surrounding communities. Our members’ are a diverse and service-oriented group made up of community leaders, business owners and individuals. Our core mission is to engage with and serve our local and global community through service and fundraisers, and we have fun doing it. We meet every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm at Galeotti’s Wine Cellar. We invite anyone who appreciates a friendly environment, enjoys informative presentations and desires to make an enormous difference in our community and world. Come as my guest and be prepared to laugh, learn, share and become a part of Battle Ground’s movers and shakers.
What makes Rotary different?
Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:
- We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.
- We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
- We make a difference at home and around the world:
- Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.
How do we work?
Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities’ toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization’s mission and values in their elected roles.
Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.
Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.
The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation’s funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.
Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.
When Rotary partners with other organizations, we multiply the impact made by either group on their own. We call this “the Rotary effect.” From local food banks to global humanitarian organizations, we work with a wide variety of partners, including:
- Aga Khan University
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Global Food Banking Network
- Mercy Ships
- Shelter Box
- United Nations : World Health Organization
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”
—Paul P. Harris
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Our ongoing commitment
Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:
We are truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.
Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the world’s greatest history-makers:
- Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
- Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer
- Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
- Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate
- Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate
- Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate
- Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
- Jan Masaryk, foreign minister of Czechoslovakia
- H.E. Soleiman Frangieh, president of Lebanon
- Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
- Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman
- Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
- Frank Borman, American astronaut
- Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
- Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer
- Franz Lehar, Austrian composer
- Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer
- James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
- Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president
- Sigmund Sternberg, English businessman and philanthropist
Ready to make history with us? Get involved.
How do we use our funds?
Responsible leadership means more than just doing good work—it means making the most out of every donation we receive.
Whether we are helping to eradicate polio in Pakistan or providing clean water to schools in Mozambique, our work is funded by three sources — our members, outside donors, and market investments. This funding is vital to the lasting change we’re creating in communities all over the world.
We are responsible leaders
Responsible leadership means being both efficient and trustworthy with our donations. We are committed to making the most out of every dollar we receive — that’s why we use nearly 90% of our funding for program expenses.
This commitment has earned us some of the highest ratings among the charity evaluators:
What we do with our donations
Each year, gifts to The Rotary Foundation fund thousands of projects around the globe. Here are a few examples:
- $76 million spent on fighting polio in the last three countries where it has never been stopped — Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria — and in others that remain at risk
- $126,000 spent to provide professional development for educators and improve literacy skills in rural Thailand
- $72,000 spent to improve sustainable farming practices in Cameroon