About Us

Our History


We’ve been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100

years. In August 1910, the 16 Rotary Clubs in the United States formed the National

Association of Rotary Clubs, now Rotary International. 

Rotaract started as a service program for individuals ages 17 to 25, sponsored by local Rotary clubs. The Rotaract Club of Toronto was the first Rotaract Club outside the United States. 

We were formally chartered on February 17, 1980, and re-charted on December 7, 1987. Since then, we have been serving our local community and communities abroad for 30+ years of continuous service.


Our Values



Rotary was founded on principles that remain at the heart of the organization today. These principles reflect our core values: integrity, diversity, service, leadership, and fellowship. Our core values emerge as themes in our guiding principles.


We respect, welcome, and represent people and ideas of a diverse Toronto, leading to greater innovation and creativity. Our organization is non-religious, non-partisan and we abide by the Four-Way Test.

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

We want people with differing perspectives and ideas who will help us take action to create lasting change in communities at home and around the world. Through the Rotaract Club of Toronto, you will find unique opportunities to get involved. Everyone is welcome!


Rotarians and Rotaractors participating Toronto Pride Parade. 


Our Mission 

Most of our service projects fall within Rotary's six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. The areas of focus are: Promoting peace, Fighting disease, Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education, Growing local economies and Protecting the environment.

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 Rotaractors cleaning up the Toronto Island shoreline