Rotary structure

Rotary is structured in club, district, and international levels. Rotarians are members of their clubs, while the clubs are chartered by the global organization Rotary International. Each club operates independently according to its own bylaws which, however, must abide by the constitution of Rotary International.
Individual clubs are grouped into districts that are governed by district governors. A district governor is seen as an official of Rotary International.
Rotary International is administered by the 19-member board of directors. The president of Rotary International as well as president-elect are also members. The board meets with committees representing all Rotary regions each quarter.
The general secretary of Rotary International is the chief operating officer of the organization and heads a staff of about 450 people working in seven international offices around the world. Rotary International central headquarters are based in Evanston, Illinois, near Chicago. It was in Chicago that Rotary was started in 1905.
A Rotary club operates in accordance to standard Rotary bylaws adopted in 1922. A club must have a name, a territory, rules regulating the terms of its weekly meetings, membership, attendance, administration of entrance and membership fees. Clubs are run by their boards consisting of the president and other officials. Their mandates – as well as those of international and district officials – expire on 1 July each year.
Spouses of Rotarians can be members of Inner Wheel clubs. Rotaract clubs are open to youth between 18 and 29.
There are 529 Rotary districts, each normally consisting of 45 clubs. District governors are elected for one-year terms in order to help clubs within the district work towards Rotary goals, strengthen club programs. A 2 to 3-day annual conference welcomes all Rotarians and their families, students of youth exchange programs, Group Study Exchange participants, Rotaract members, and everyone with ties to Rotary.