Rotary International, the world’s first service organization, is made up of over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Its members form a global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide. Rotary enjoys a rich and sometimes complex tradition and organizational structure, with many programs that can be confusing to new and even not-so-new members. This website offers a basic Rotary education — the fundamental knowledge that will make every member better informed about Rotary and proud to be a Rotarian.
First formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years as Rotary’s mission expanded, the Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the organization’s purpose as well as the club member’s responsibilities. The “ideal of service” is the key phrase in the Object of Rotary. This ideal is an attitude of being thoughtful and helpful person in all of one’s endeavors. That is what the Object truly means. 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.
The “avenues” refer to the four elements of the Object of Rotary: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service and International Service.
CLUB SERVICE: involves all of the activities necessary for Rotarians to perform to make their club function successfully.
VOCATIONAL SERVICE: description of the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation to the other members of the club.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: activities Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. It frequently involves assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE: describes the many programs and activities that Rotarians undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace.
Followed by Rotarians worldwide in their business and professional lives, The Four-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932. It has since been translated into more than 100 languages and is used by organizations and individuals throughout the world.
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?
Service and fellowship are the hallmarks of Rotary and Rotarians worldwide. The Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” guides the actions of individual clubs as they plan projects. Through this shared commitment, Rotarians develop a feeling of fellow-ship that extends beyond their clubs, communities and countries to encompass the Rotary world. In 1989, “Service Above Self” was established as the principal motto since it best explains the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.
Any man or woman, including retired and business people, are eligible to join. Candidates must attend several meetings prior to proposal for membership. A club member will accompany the candidate to one or more orientation/informational meetings. The candidate will be introduced to other club members for four weeks. After the fourth week, a club member will sponsor the prospective candidate and submit his/her name for consideration to the club secretary; interviewed by the membership committee and approved by the club board. The approved member is responsible for a one time initiation fee, yearly dues and the cost for weekly lunch. Here is what Rotary International has to say about member responsibilities.
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President: Helen Grishman
President-Elect: Ernie Csak
Treasurer: Charla Marshall
Secretary: Irene Powers
Directors: Michael Brooks, Tim Devlin, Susan Gullotta, Richard Pero
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