The main idea and guiding principles behind Rotary are building friendship as a condition for better individual, as well as club service and achievements, high ethical and moral principles in business and in all professions, dignifying the role of every profession and its role in creating a better society, stressing the role of service and assistance, as well as facilitating human understanding, goodwill and peace in ourselves and among others.
There are many definitions, but the most common is the following:
Rotary is an international association of professional and business people who are dedicated to human goals, appreciating and promoting high ethical principles in business and private life, and broader goodwill and understanding in the world. Rotary needs to be distinguished from the Rotary International (RI), reflecting the world's organizational structure (clubs and districts in all parts of the world, and the Evanston, IL, USA headquarters).
Rotary International is the first worldwide "Service club" organization that currently has more than 1.2 million members in almost every country in the world. Among other things, RI is, due to its activities (such as "PolioPlus", "World Understanding and Peace", etc.), a non-governmental organization of international significance, also recognized by the UN.
Funding of projects and programs at Rotary International level is done through the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit organization funded exclusively by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and Foundation friends sharing a vision of the better world. From the first initial contribution Rotarians have donated more than $ 3 billion to the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary is an international organisation of professional and business leaders dedicated to humanitarian service. We encourage and promote high ethical standards in private and business life, and we advance goodwill and understanding in the world under the motto "Service above Self".
Through our six main areas of focus - promoting peace, combating and treating disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, saving mothers and children, providing education, and growing local economies – as well as our club activities and humanitarian projects, Rotary clubs serve their communities on both local and global levels.
Rotary International (RI) is the world’s first service club – a voluntary non-profit organisation whose members are engaged in humanitarian projects with a view to providing humanitarian service for their communities. Currently there are more than 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.
Due to its humanitarian projects and programmes, such as "PolioPlus" and "World Understanding and Peace", Rotary International is also an international NGO recognised by the UN.
Rotary International provides funds for its projects and programmes through the Rotary Foundation (RF).
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Rotary Foundation who share their vision of a better world. From the first initial contribution Rotarians have donated more than $ 3 billion to the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary District 1913 Croatia
Rotary District 1913 is a voluntary, independent and not-for-profit organisation of Rotary clubs in Croatia, who are also members of Rotary International.
Rotary Club Zagreb, established on 23 October 1990 in Zagreb, was the first Rotary club in Croatia admitted to Rotary International. From then on 55 more clubs were established in Croatia boasting a membership of 1424 Rotarians. After more than 20 years of being part of Rotary District 1910, the independent Rotary District 1913 was set up following the decision of Rotary International. Rotary District 1913 supports the activities and development of Rotary clubs in Croatia, taking into consideration the needs of local communities in line with Rotarian principles and the legislation.
At the Charter Ceremony held at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb on 18 June 2011 President of Rotary International Ray Klinginsmith presented the Charter to the first District Governor Mr Ivo Husić. The Charter was the recognition of the club by Rotary International. Since then the Rotary clubs in Croatia achieved many projects and programmes through which they reached out to Croatian citizens, mostly from their own resources, but also through international co-operation with other Rotary clubs who gladly made their personal and financial contributions to our projects and programmes.
By establishing Rotary District 1913 Croatian Rotarians have accepted all duties and challenges set by this highly esteemed world organisation particularly when it comes to independent initiatives and assistance guided by principles of service above self.
Rotary Club Zagreb Kaptol
By beginning of 2007 our friend Ivo Husić, one of the founders and doyennes of Rotary in Croatia, took upon himself to set up from scratch another Rotary club in Zagreb, namely Rotary Club Zagreb Kaptol.
Acting in his capacity as club initiator (”godfather”), he used his familiarity with organising members and the club set-up while drawing on his previous experience in starting the first Rotary club in the independent Republic of Croatia. Within only a couple of months, from what used to be an initial small membership basis, a greater membership emerged that enabled us to become a full Rotary club with an autonomous club status, led only by Rotary guiding principles of building goodwill and better friendships.
Rotary Club Zagreb Kaptol relatively soon increased its membership. Having agreed that 40 is the perfect number for a club membership total, the club members stopped accepting new members when their number reached 20, thereby leaving the door open for new members that would join the club at some point after the Charter of 2008 because the club had already achieved its desired uniqueness. Uniqueness that constantly needs to be nurtured and sustained, which shows a great diversity in club membership, that is to say in variety of classifications, professions and vocations.
Rotary Club Zagreb Kaptol was established in 2008. We have strived to encourage positive changes in our community eversince by setting examples and engaging ourselves in many short-term and long-term humanitarian projects.
Former presidents of the club:
- 2008/09 - Zvonko Mesić
- 2009/10 - Mladen Hrgarek
- 2010/11 - Romano Bolković
- 2011/12 - Joško Paladino
- 2012/13 - Marjan Jurleka
- 2013/14 - Mislav Jelić
- 2014/15 - Darko Tipurić
- 2015/16 - Mladen Gajski
- 2016/17 - Darko Radišić
- 2017/18 - Dražen Mavrić
- 2018/19 - Dražen Vikić-Topić