Why Rotary?

The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor is part of Rotary International, the world’s oldest service organization. Founded in 1905, Rotary now has over 1.2 million members in 200 countries around the world, committed to a single ideal, Service Above Self.
Rotary International is an association of individual clubs, with each club operating autonomously. Rotary attracts people from all walks of life who are drawn together by the opportunity for fellowship, service to their communities and participation in Rotary’s international humanitarian service initiatives.
Rotary has a long history of promoting peace and fostering global understanding by offering international scholarships and professional exchange programs. The Harbor Club also funds a permanent scholarship trust to help local students with college costs and providing non traditional students with support. We also participate in the Group Study Exchange program and host visitors from other parts of the world through Friends Forever.
We actively support the Rotary Foundation which exists to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Becoming a Rotary Member

Membership requires appropriate business or professional classification opportunities, as well as an invitation and sponsorship by a member of the club. Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.
Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:
  • effecting change within the community
  • advancing business and professional contacts
  • developing leadership skills
  • gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues