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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.




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’ 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED – PLEASE VISIT NEXT YEAR FOR SHAM-ROCKIN’ 2021. For information on our Sham-Rockin’ event, or to purchase tickets, follow this link!

Rotary Anniversary Gala

Save the date – Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the New Bern Convention Center!  Check back as we get closer to the event for more information!

Essay Contest

This contest is designed to introduce students 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.  Click here for more information.

MumFest Banners

Each year our Club sells MumFest banners to raise money for Swiss Bear. These banners are printed on heavy, durable, reinforced vinyl with the name of the sponsor. These hang from city light poles for weeks prior to MumFest and returned to each sponsor after Thanksgiving.  For more information, follow this link.

Scholarship Info

Each year our club awards a $12,000 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 $3,000 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.)

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.