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THE ORGANIZATION OF ROTARY

Rotary is essentially a grassroots organization, with most of its service efforts being carried out at the club level. The district and international structure is designed to support the clubs and help them provide more service in their local communities and abroad.

Clubs Rotarians are members of Rotary clubs, which belong to the global association Rotary International (RI). Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary's constitution and bylaws.

Districts Clubs are grouped into 532 RI districts, each led by a district governor, who is an officer of RI. The district administration, including assistant governors and various committees, guides and supports the clubs.

RI Board The 19-member RI Board of Directors, which includes the RI president and president-elect, meets quarterly to estabČlish policies. Traditionally, the RI president, who is elected annuČally, develops a theme and emphases for the year.

The Secretariat Rotary International is headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, USA, with seven internaČtional offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland. The office for RI in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), located in England, serves clubs and districts in that region. The Secretariat's chief operating officer is the RI general secretary, who heads a 650-member staff working to serve Rotarians worldwide.