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Rotary members unite at home and across the globe to put our experience and knowledge to work tackling our most pressing challenges. We focus our efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.

We are especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.

When you give to Rotary, you support the work we do in your community and around the world. We are a responsible organization that uses nearly 90% of our funding for program expenses.

“There is nothing more satisfying than when fresh water comes out of the well and the children shout, ‘Hey, water! Water!’” says Anyekase, who works for Water in Africa, a nongovernmental organization (NGO).”

We use our knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply our expertise and diverse perspectives to the problem. New Bern Rotary members are at work in your community right now. Wouldn’t you feel great working shoulder to shoulder with them as well?

In 1927, The Rotary Foundation was established to do the good work of Rotary. Almost two billion dollars have been raised for local and worldwide projects ranging from digging a well in a small city in Mexico to taking on the huge task of eradicating Polio in the world.

The Annual Programs Fund finances the world’s largest private scholarship program; pays for hundreds of vocational exchange teams who spend one month in another country (called Group Study Exchange), and offers grants for thousands of humanitarian projects throughout the world. The Permanent Fund comes from bequests from member’s estates and is used for long range project funding. Members contributing $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation’s are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.



Alzheimer's Walk



Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease, both for the victim and the victim’s loved ones. However, thanks to research sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and many other organizations, progress is being made to prevent and cure this disease.

We raised over $2,205 in 2022 in our Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

Saturday morning October 22nd, the weather was beautiful for the New Bern Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease. The Rotary Rocks Team, 16 members strong (4 participated on Saturday morning), raised $2205 (including $500 contributed by the club’s Board of Directors) to further research and to help care for those experiencing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Our pledged goal was $1000, so the total achieved looks great.


Team Captain Phil Swain thanks all Rotary Club members who supported this activity. Thanks also to Rachel Prosise, member of the Alzheimer’s Association team, who made a helpful presentation at a club luncheon meeting. ##EndAlzheimers


Stand with us in this fight. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.


To apply for a grant from The Rotary Club of New Bern, follow this link for the grant application.  The grant application will download to your download folder.

Our New Bern Club has raised and contributed over $700,000 for community projects.


Sham-Rockin’ 2023 was held Friday, March 10, 2023, at the Tryon Palace History Center.  Check our social media pages for photos!  Thank you to our sponsors!

About Membership

Be at part of our community of leaders to exchange ideas and take action at home and around the world!

Members work in numerous local industries and share a commitment to improving the community where we live. We often have visiting Rotarians from other states and nations because members are welcomed in clubs around the world.

Please visit our club for lunch as our guest so we can get to know each other.  Follow this link to learn more!

Interact Club

Our New Bern High School Interact Club is the second largest in the district and the largest extra-curricular club at the high school. A “sister club” was established in Crosby, England several years ago. Each year, we participate in a “friendship exchange” and Interact exchange with Crosby Rotarians. Our membership has regularly sponsored team members for thirty day vocational study exchanges to foreign countries.

Youth Leadership Conference

Every Spring, over 80 high school juniors from our District participate in a Youth Leadership Conference (RYLA) at the 4-H Center on the Albemarle Sound.  All training and counseling is done by Rotary volunteers. We’re proud of what we do as Rotarians and wear the Rotary pin, a symbol known the world over for promoting peace and goodwill through understanding.  Follow this link for more information.

Essay Contest

This contest is designed to introduce Craven County middle school students (7th and 8th graders) to our Rotary principles of personal ethics and service by asking them to select one of three topics for an essay. It is also intended to encourage young people to better articulate their thoughts in writing. In nearly every profession they may consider in their future, the ability to express their thoughts and ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively is an important skill. In addition, the 4-Way Test Essay Contest is meant to more directly involve Rotary clubs in our District with the youth in their local community. While the first-place winner for The Rotary Club of New Bern will also compete within Rotary District 7720, the top three winners selected by our club will each receive a cash award: 1st Place $200.00, 2nd Place $100.00 and 3rd Place $50.00.

For over 75 years, Rotarians have used the 4-Way Test as a practical yardstick in their business, community and personal affairs.  Our 2020 winner was Addison Davis!  Ms. Davis is to be commended for using those basic principles and ethics to clearly express how the Four-Way Test helps her confront and deal with difficult situations. As the first-place contest winner, Ms. Davis won $200!

Follow this link for the Guidelines

Follow this link for the Entry Form

Scholarship Info

2023 Rotary College Scholarship is Now Closed.

Check Back with Us in January 2024!

Click here for the New Bern Rotary Scholarship Foundation Application

We are pleased to announce that our club is offering a $16,000 scholarship to one outstanding local student wishing to pursue a college education. Instructions and the application form may be found below.  This award is payable at $4,000 annually for four years if the recipient continues to meet the guidelines of the foundation and maintains a “B” average.  Click here for the instruction letter for more information.  (The letter will download into your download library – press control J to view.)

Once completed, the application should then be printed.  Print at least two copies of the completed application, one for your records and one to submit to:

The Rotary Club of New Bern, Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 818 New Bern, NC  28563-0818

The deadline is April 15, 2024, at which time all requirements must be in the hands of the scholarship committee (see the Instructions for Applying letter for requirements).

Note:  The  Student Aid  Report  [SAR]  generated  through  a Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] application, including the EFC [Effective Family Contribution] and other pages that reflect the family’s financial information on which the EFC was based) are required.

It is important to encourage your parents to prepare their income tax return for the previous year as soon as possible as this information is needed to complete this application. You need to submit your FAFSA application (by mail or on the internet) in order to have your SAR back in time for this scholarship application process.