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  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

Rotary International Themes

Each Rotary year the President of Rotary International sets a theme for Rotarians and their Clubs to adopt in their activities.  Rotary also has a set of monthly themes throughout the year, which Clubs can reference for activities and PR.

The theme distills into a simple phrase the mission for that year’s President, and provides inspiration and motivation for all Rotarians to achieve more. 

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ. Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

Read the press release here.

The 2016-17 Rotary International Theme is: "Rotary – Serving Humanity"

The 2015-16 Rotary International Theme was: "Be a Gift to the World"

2014-15 Rotary International Theme was: "Light Up Rotary"

2013–2014 Rotary International theme was: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

Click here to view the video of Ron Burton announcing his theme message at the Rotary International Assembly.

Click here to download a ZIP file of the full set of official 2013–2014 Rotary Theme Graphics.

2012–2013 Rotary International theme was: “Peace Through Service”

Click here to download a copy of Sakuji Tanaka's Speech

Click here to view a video of President Sakuji Tanaka

Click here to download a ZIP file of the official 2012-2013 Rotary theme graphics

2011–2012 Rotary International theme was: “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”

Click here to read the full speech made by incoming 2011–2012 Rotary International President Kaylan Banerjee, when he announced the new theme.

Click here to view some videos of President Kaylan Banerjee on Rotary International's Website.

Click here to download a ZIP file of the full set of official 2011–2012 Rotary Theme Graphics.

2010–2011 Rotary International theme was: “Building Communities, Bridging Continents”


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Click here to read the full speech made by incoming 2010–2011 Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith, when he announced the new theme.

Click here to download a PDF of President Ray Klinginsmith’s Presidential Citation.

Click here to download a ZIP file of the full set of official 2010–2011 Rotary Theme Graphics.

Rotary International Recurring Monthly Themes (every year)

Some past examples of Rotary International Annual Themes


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1949 to Today – Rotary Themes over the past 60+ years:


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Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, is made up of over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization's members.

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