What is Rotary?
Rotary is a worldwide service organization of business and professional leaders who conduct humanitarian projects, who encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, who work toward world peace and who encourage fun and friendship in local communities.
Who are Rotarians?
Rotarians are like-minded people who have come together to enhance the lives of others through service in the local community and communities around the world. By helping others, Rotarians enhance their own lives as well. Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary has grown to become the largest service organization in the world and presently has over 31,000 clubs in 165 countries. Total membership exceeds 1.2 million men and women committed to helping others.
What is a Rotary Club?
A Rotary Club is a local group of Rotarians who belong to Rotary International (R.I.). Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s constitution and bylaws. Each club seeks ways to live up to the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”
Benefits of Membership
Belonging to a Rotary club provides members with an opportunity to make contributions to their own communities and to communities around the world. Members may join Rotary for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional development and networking and camaraderie. But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction gained from making a real difference in the world.
What is Expected?
Regular weekly attendance is a vital part of Rotary and allows members to enjoy club fellowship and gain knowledge about Rotary worldwide. It is understood that conflicts occasionally arise in which case a member is encouraged to “make up” that meeting at any Rotary club in the world. This make up is a real opportunity to meet other Rotarians with common goals. There are six (6) clubs in our immediate area that welcome you to any of their meetings. Rotarians can be counted on to be friends wherever they might be encountered and can be a wonderful resource when traveling and looking for recommendations and information when traveling. A directory of every club in the world is available for reference when traveling out of our area.
The Four-Way Test
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.
This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:
"Of the things we think, say or do: