7 April 2014 — Magazines Everywhere!


Service Above Self

If there’s one thing you can say about Rotary–although there are many, many things you can say–it’s that Rotary sure does love its magazines.

April is designated Magazine Month in Rotary.  Magazines are so important to Rotary that one of the requirements of all Rotary Clubs is to ensure that each member is properly subscribed to the local Rotary Magazine.  The rule is in the governing documents of Rotary International.

And there are many!  This week we enjoy the chance to review the Rotary magazines around the world.  According to Rotary International, more than half of all Rotarians worldwide receive a magazine other than “The Rotarian,” which we receive here in the United States.  Here’s Pepper catching up on her reading, although it’s exhausting having to turn the pages for her.







Here are all of the regional publications in alphabetical order (sorta…as listed on the Rotary website).  Many of the links on the Rotary website for these magazines are broken or incorrect, sorry to say, but a Google search of the magazine’s title (put it in quotation marks) will turn up some fun links if you want to play around.

African Countries: “Rotary Africa” (first published in 1927)

Published in English, serving Angola, Botswana, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

 Argentina: “Vida Rotaria” (1955)

Published in Spanish, serving Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay…and read by our Club’s friend Vicky Tejerina!








Australia: “Rotary Down Under” (1965)

Published in English, serving American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, Democratic Republic of Tonga, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu…and read by our Club’s friend Kero O’Shea!








Belgium and Luxembourg: “Rotary Contact” (1984)

Published in Dutch and French.

Brazil: “Brasil Rotário” (1924)

Published in Portuguese, serving Brazil.

Bulgaria: “Rotary in Bulgaria” (1995)

Published in Bulgarian, serving Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia.

Canada: “Rotary Canada” (a supplement to The Rotarian that our E-Club members receive in the U.S.) (2009)

Published in English and French, serving Canada, and read by our Club’s friend Joan MacFarlane (or her boss, Annie).







Central and South American Countries: “Revista Rotaria” (1992)

Published in Spanish, serving Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Chile: “El Rotario de Chile” (1927)

Published in Spanish, serving Chile.

Colombia: “Colombia Rotaria” (1970)

Published in Spanish, serving Colombia.

Czech Republic: “Rotary Good News” (1990)

Published in Czech, serving Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Egypt: “Rotary Magazine” (1929)

Published in Arabic, English, and French, serving Armenia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, and United Arab Emirates

France and other French-speaking countries: “Le Rotarien” (1952)

Published in French, serving Algeria, Andorra, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Monaco, Morocco, New Caledonia, Niger, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Senegal, Tahiti, Togo, Tunisia, and Vanuatu…and read by friend of the E-Club Jacqueline Fetís!







Germany: “Rotary Magazin” (1929)

Published in German, serving Austria and Germany.

India: “Rotary News / Rotary Samachar” (1952/1983)

Published in English and Hindi, respectively; serving Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Ireland (and Great Britain/United Kingdom–no idea why listed under Ireland on the Rotary website!): “Rotary Today” (1915)

Note: it is the official magazine of RIBI, which Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland; still under the Rotary International umbrella but still a separate entity with its own President each Rotary Year.

Published in English, serving Great Britain and Ireland, and read by our E-Club friends Janice and Tim Mason, both the hardcopy and the online digital version!







Italy: “Rotary Italia” (1924)

Published in Italian, serving Albania, Italy, Malta, and San Marino.

Japan: “Rotary No-Tomo” (1953)

Published both as a Japanese edition and an English edition, serving Japan…and read by our friend E-Club’s friend Satomi “Sammy” Omata, leader of the 1013 Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team to our District; see the Programs main page for that magical day.








Korea: “Rotary Korea” (1963)

Published both as a Korean edition and an English edition, serving Korea.

Mexico: “Rotarismo en México” (1974)

Published in Spanish, serving Mexico.

Netherlands: “Rotary Magazine” (1927)

Published in Dutch, serving The Netherlands.

Nordic Countries: “Rotary Norden” (1936)

Published in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish, serving Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Peru: “El Rotariao Peruano” (1932)

Published in Spanish, serving Peru.

Philippines: “Philippine Rotary” (1978)

Published in English, serving Philippines.

Poland: “Rotarianin” (2004)

Published in Polish, serving Poland.

Portugal: “Portugal Rotário” (1984)

Published in Portuguese, serving Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé, Timor Leste, and Príncipe.

Russia: “The Rotarianets” (2009)

Published in Russian, serving Russia.

Spain: “España Rotaria” (2001)

Published in Spanish, serving Spain.

Switzerland: “Rotary Suisse Liechtenstein” (1926)

Published in French, German, and Italia; serving Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Taiwan: “The Rotarian Monthly” (1960)

Published in Chinese, serving Hong Kong District 3450, Macau, Mongolia, Taiwan.

Thailand: “Rotary Thailand” (1983)

Published in English and Thai, serving Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.

Turkey: “Rotary Dergisi” (1973)

Published in Turkish, serving Turkey.

Ukraine: “Rotariets” (2004)

Published in Ukrainian, serving Belarus and Ukraine.


8 responses to 7 April 2014 — Magazines Everywhere!

  1. No wonder cats are smart… They are reading Rotary magazines!!!! Thank you, Rotarian friends from all over the world, for your clever photos. They are very cool!!!!

    By the way, when was “The Rotarian” magazine first published in the U.S.?

  2. Good question, Yoko! I had to do a quick check to find out that The Rotarian was established in 1911. I love that it’s online now. My dog is not as adept as the cats at reading it, so there’s no need for me to continue getting a hard copy.

    By the way, it looks like everything about RIBI is a bit unusual. Really? Great Britain/United Kingdom is listed under Ireland?

  3. Well, then it’s listed again under United Kingdom. Same entry. No one has yet accused the new Rotary website of making a whole lot of sense…but at least you can find the RIBI magazine. Twice….!

  4. Very enlightening Mel! Wonderful that friends of our club got involved – I mean the human friends.

  5. I have no cat or dog, so have to read “our” magazine (“Rotary Downunder”) myself. The latest copy arrived yesterday and I am waiting get it off my wife. What an amazing collection of magazines though. It is a long time since I looked that up. Maybe I have a readymade “three minute speech” for my regular Rotary meeting next week!

  6. Great information. Thanks, Mel. I can prepare for my Australia trips by reading the Rotary Down Under version. Good on ya!

  7. I had no idea that there were so many versions of the magazine. Makes sense when I think of how many countries and languages there are in the Rotary world. But just never thought of it

    Bet Past RI President Cliff Dochterman could have us rolling in the aisles on this topic if he put his mind to it.

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