Rotary’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and around the world. Belonging to a Rotary Club gives men and women the ability to provide that service. There are five Avenues of Service which are the foundation of club activity. They are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and New Generations Service.
First started in Chicago in 1905 by Paul Harris, Rotary is now made up of more than 1.2 million members who make up more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. It is recognized as the world’s first service club. Rotary Clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.
Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self and it has developed a Four Way Test which has been translated into more than 100 languages. That test is:
Of the things we, think, say or do
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Rotary’s Mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
Rotarians meet weekly to plan service activities. Each club determines its own service projects based on local needs and the interest and abilities of its members.