Rotary is made up of three parts: local clubs, Rotary International (RI), and The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Together, we work to make lasting change in our communities and around the world.
Rotary International: Over 1.4 million Rotarians belong to over 35,000 clubs around the world. In order to effectively operate worldwide, Rotary clubs belong to 34 Zones, which are further grouped into 535 Districts. The Club is a member of District 7600 and Zone 33. Zones 33 and 34 are considered sister zones and share infrastructure. Each district hosts an annual conference within its district, can lead its own service projects, and provides support to club leadership. Rotary International hosts an annual convention open to all Rotarians and guests, and provides further support for clubs. Members of the Rotary Club of Oyster Point are welcome to volunteer at the district level and attend annual conventions.
The Rotary Club of Oyster Point operates independently and is governed by a 12 person board of directors. The Club supports its members through fellowship, mentorship, speaker programs, leadership opportunities, and service projects. The Club supports TRF through fundraisers and receives grant funding from TRF.
The Rotary Foundation is unique entity that enables Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation maintains several funds for different uses by Rotary Clubs and their Districts, below. Individuals who donate $1,000 total to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or to an approved Global Grant are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.
- Money donated to the Annual Fund is invested for three years. During that time the income helps pay for organizational overhead, and then the funds are returned to the District. District 7600 uses the funds to match Clubs' grant projects. Members who donate $100 per year to the Annual Fund are recognized as Sustaining Members.
- Money donated to the PolioPlus fund helps vaccinate children all over the world. Polio is on track to be eradicated this decade!
- Money donated to the Endowment Fund is invested in perpetuity. The income is used to support Club projects and Rotary Peace Centers around the world.
- Funds donated to the Disaster Response cause are earmarked for projects that assist during natural and manmade disasters.
- Donor Advised Funds are funds created by Rotarians with a minimum investment of $25,000. TRF manages these investments and makes distributions to the Annual Fund and to 501(c)(3) charities at the direction of the donor.