Rotary was founded in 1905 in Chicago.  The organization has grown to over 30,000 Rotary clubs in 160 countries with about 1.2 million members.  Rotary International's major project since 1985 has been the global eradication of polio.

The Rotary Club of Cobourg is one of the largest and most active Rotary clubs in Canada with about 150 members and it raises over $200,000 a year.  The main fundraisers are the Waterfront Festival which is held over the Canada Day Weekend in July, the Northumberland Ribfest in August and the Sportsman's Night Gourmet Dinner and Auction held early in February.  All members are expected to participate in these events. 

The money raised supports a wide variety of local community groups and projects.  The club also supports education, literacy, health and sanitation projects overseas.  Through a committee structure, the club has developed careful ways to select and evaluate worthwhile projects.  Many members are active in local causes and some travel overseas on "sweat equity" projects. 

How to Join. 

Membership is open to people who have a leadership position in a recognized business or profession or who have retired from such a position.  Membership in Rotary is by invitation, so anyone interested in joining should speak to a Rotarian about membership, its obligations, and the opportunities for service.

Why Join Rotary.

For those wanting to serve their community, the Cobourg Rotary Club provides an opportunity to build friendships and business relationships by working with others on major fundraising events, supporting local or international projects, or working overseas.  It provides a perfect venue to give back to the community while enjoying the camaraderie of other positive and active people.

The club provides an opportunity to develop self confidence and leadership skills, such as team building and public speaking.
For those who are internationally focused there are opportunities to work overseas.  Being a member means being part of a bigger whole and, when traveling, members are welcome to attend any Rotary club in the world.  There are few places that do not have a Rotary club.

Rotarians become more informed because every meeting has a speaker on a wide range of topics and moreover meetings are fun.  Rotarians have fun, working on club projects and work parties provide an opportunity for fellowship as well as service.