Who We Are

Rotary is a global network and an organization of business and professional people united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.


History of Rotary Club of Ota

The first Rotary Club in Nigeria was organized through the help of Rotarian Vullemier who invited twenty-one distinguished business and professional men in Kano municipality to form the Rotary club of Kano which was chartered on the 28th April, 1961. About the same time, two other clubs were at various stages of formation in Southern Nigeria: Rotary club of Lagos, chartered 30th May, 1961 and Rotary Club of Ibadan, chartered November of the same year.

Rotary club of Ota formation came in the wake of phenomenal growth of Rotary in Nigeria under the leadership of PDG Julius AdelusiAdeluyi (R C Ikeja) in 1982-1983 Rotary year. Between 1961 (birth of Rotary in Nigeria) and June 1982, there were only twenty-nine Rotary clubs but in 1982 alone, thirty-three new clubs including Rotary Club of Ota were chartered all over Nigeria.

The first formal meeting was held on the 15th of February 1983 at the Sona Breweries Limited, Sango Ota under the auspices of the DGSR Rtn. Wole Thompson of Rotary club of Onigbongbo. Present at the meeting with him were Rtn. Justice Adeoba of the Rotary club of Ikeja who explained the ideals and objects of Rotary and 17 prospective members of Rotary club of Ota including Rtn. Vijay Bhargava (from Rotary Club of Theme North, District 314 India) and Rtn. Alex Ojei (from Rotary Club of Ikeja) who later became charter president and vice president respectively while Rtn. PegbaOtemolu became the secretary.

The club was admitted into the Rotary International on the 23rd May, 1983 with 36 Charter members. Peak membership was 56 in 1986 and now 51 The club meeting has also moved from Sona Breweries, Latwins Hotel, Sango Plaza Hotel to Gateway International Hotel, Ota where it remained for years and also moved temporarily to Access college Hall due to situation of roads in Ota and the crisis of ownership of Gateway Hotel, Ota. Rotary Club of Ota now meets at D’Czars Hotel & Suits, D’Czarsbustop, Ilo-Awela Exp. Road, Toll Gate, Sango Ota, Ogun State. Regular meetings holds every Saturday at 8.00 for 8.30 and 10.00 for 10.30 on Environmental Sanitation days

The club projects have touched lives of so many people. Supporting ijamido motherless home , Sponsored the Akinola's a family of five which four of the children were blinded from birth. The club also donated Ambulance to the General Hospital Ota. Several health services has been carried by the club. Potable water was also provided for rural areas and school. The club also renovated Ilogbo health centre, Ado Odo Health centre and also provided a comfort station at iju health maternity centre. The club also constructed a block of 4 toilet for Ansarudeen primary school at Ado Odo. The Club also embarked on a mission for vision project with partnership with Life Changes Foundation where over 350 people benefitted from the free eye test and glasses provided by the club. Also in the spirit of contributing to assist in reducing the burden of the Covid 19 pandemic in our community, the club partnered with the Ado- Odo Ota Local Government Council Emergency Response Team and donated 700 facemasks and 250 hand sanitizers to the council for distribution to the community.

The Club also erected a bill board at Ijoko and Osi round about, Ota to project the image of Rotary in the community.

Structure of Rotary

Rotary is made up of three parts: Clubs, Rotary International and Rotary Foundation.

  • Rotary Club: Rotary Clubs unite dedicated people to exchange ideas, build relationships and take actions
  • Rotary International: Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs and initiatives.
  • Rotary Foundation: The Rotary Foundation help fund our humanitarian activities from local service projects to global initiatives.

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  • High ethical standards in business and professions: the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying of each Rotarians occupation as an opportunity to serve society
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarians personal, business and community life
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four Way Test

The Four-Way Test is an ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. This message should be known by all Rotarians “Of the things we think, say or do:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all?

Avenue of Service

The five Avenue of Service support the Object of Rotary:

  • Club Service: This involves all the necessary activities Rotarians perform to make their club function successfully.
  • Vocational Service: This describes the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and value of his or her vocation to the other members of the club.
  • Community Service: This involves those activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community.
  • International Service: This describes the program and activities each Rotarians undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace.
  • Youth Service: This recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

Area of Focus

The causes we target to maximize our impact are called our areas of focus. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities fall within these areas. This help clubs to focus their service efforts in the following areas:

  • Peace Building and Conflict Prevention
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Community Economic Development
  • Supporting Environment

Join Leaders

Club activities, social events, and volunteer projects offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections. And Rotarians can extend those networks by visiting other clubs around the globe.