What is Rotary?
Rotary is a service organisation for business and professional people, and for people with a track record in community service. Rotary is organised by clubs, with over 32,000 clubs and 1.2 million Rotarians in over 200 countries and geographical regions worldwide. Members of a Rotary club are part of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address various community and international service needs, and to promote world peace and understanding. In addition, Rotarians believe in having fun, so there is a strong social aspect to Rotary membership too. Rotary places a lot of emphasis on involving the family in club activities.
Our members are our most important asset. They are the force that allows Rotary to carry out its many humanitarian efforts and achieve its mission. While clubs meet weekly, and an attendance of 50% or better is expected, you will find this soon becomes a habit that you will look forward to each week. In addition, you will be made welcome at any Rotary Club meeting in any of the countries where Rotary has a presence. It is truly an international organisation.
Objects of Rotary
The Objects of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:-
1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
2. 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.
3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.
4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Mission of Rotary
- To support its members clubs in fulfilling the object of Rotary;
- To globally promote the concept of service as a worthy endeavour;
- To strengthen and expand Rotary to communities around the world;
- To foster unity amongst members clubs of the association.
The Four Way Test
For six decades Rotarians have been using The 4-Way Test as a practical yardstick in their business, community, and personal affairs. The 4-Way Test, you will note, does not provide answers. It asks questions which the user must answer.
Thousands of Rotarians have used it and shared it with others. Millions of copies have been distributed to students and business associates. The Test has been carved into granite monuments, displayed on billboards, written into labour contracts, printed on wrapping paper and has been the theme of countless addresses.
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?