For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channelled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity.

The Rotary five Avenues of Service are

  1. Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club;
  2. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards;
  3. Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community;
  4. International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace; and
  5. New Generations recognises the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through
  6. leadership development activities.

Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs.

Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects.

The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within the following Seven Areas of Focus.