Rotary at a Glance
Rotary Concepts – A Philosophy of Life
Rotary seeks out ways to encourage the ideal of service in all aspects of daily life, and to assure that Rotarians recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations. Using good fellowship among business and professional acquaintances who insist on high ethical standards, Rotary promotes its concept of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life. Rotary’s ultimate aim is the advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional individuals united in the ideal of service.
“Rotary is also the expression of those nobler desires involved in every person to step outside of one’s own existence and give a helping hand to the weak and unfortunate, assist youth to the realization of high ideals, conduct business or professions, and promote the ideals of higher living, broader thinking and better understanding in our community and throughout the world.”Manual of Procedure – A Reference Manual for Rotary Leaders
What We Do
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. Rotary’s 35,000+ clubs work together to:
- Promote peace
- Fight disease
- Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Save mothers and children
- Support education
- Grow local economies
We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and 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 Four-Way Test
Evolving naturally from Rotary’s concept of srevice is the Four-Way Test concerning all that individuals think, say, or do. All Rotarians need to ask themselves these four simple, yet powerful questions and thus arrive at an answer meeting these criteria:
- 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 Four-Way Test is further embodied in Rotary’s Declaration of Business and Professional ethics.