Rotary Foundation

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster.


The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.


High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.


The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.


The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership. Our Rotary Club has fun, laughter and fellowship activities on a regular basis, networking and hands on service projects.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. There are many opportunities to share your experience on volunteer committees and projects as well as opportunities to gain to skills and experience through various training and leadership opportunities.
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Service After Work is our opportunity to volunteer and help support a local cause. Adopting a local park and doing a clean-up or cooking for families at the Mark Preece Family Home are examples of the projects that we have done.
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more. The Rotary Club of Hamilton has focused our international work on projects dealing with Polio, literacy and women’s health issues.
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as EarlyAct, Rotaract Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange. In addition to these Rotary programs, we have been very engaged in poverty reduction strategies in the inner City of Hamilton. We have offered free after school programming, nutritional programs and a free summer literacy camp, reaching over 12,000 local children each year