What is Rotary?
ROTARY IS . . .
ROTARY is an organization of business and professional leaders
united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high
ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace
in the world.
ROTARY is the world's first service club. The first Rotary club was
founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 23 February 1905.
ROTARY is some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging
to more than 28,000 Rotary clubs in virtually every nation in the
ROTARIANS meet weekly for fellowship and interesting and
informative programs dealing with topics of local and global
importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-section of community
ROTARIANS plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian,
educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch people's lives
in their local communities and our world community.
ROTARY is The Rotary Foundation, which each year provides some
US$90 million for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and
humanitarian projects large and small that improve the quality of life
for millions of people. Rotary is widely regarded as the world's
largest private provider of international educational scholarships.
ROTARY is PolioPlus, Rotary's commitment to work with national and
international health organizations on the goal of polio eradication by
the year2005, Rotary's 100th anniversary. More than one billion
children in developing nations have been immunized against polio
through PolioPlus grants.
ROTARY IS SERVICE ABOVE SELF
For more information about Rotary, please
check out Rotary Basics, the
ABCs of Rotary or the Rotary International website.
The Four Way Test
"Of the things we think, say or do:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.