Rotary International has committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and has stated that:
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action and has to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
District D9705 strongly endorses this statement and notes that the respectful treatment of all members – as well as of all others with whom Rotarians connect - is essential to furthering goodwill and cooperation.  Whatever our condition, we cannot expect respect ourselves if we fail to give it to others.