What is Rotary?

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What is Rotary?
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. 
Rotary International Mission
The mission of Rotary International is to support its member clubs in fulfilling the Object of Rotary by:
  • Fostering unity among member clubs;
  • Strengthening and expanding Rotary around the world;
  • Communicating worldwide the work of Rotary; and
  • Providing a system of international administration.
Rotary Motto
The enthusiasm with which Rotarians embrace the ideal of service is evidenced by Rotary's principal motto, "Service above Self".


Rotary 4-Way Test


One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is the 4-Way Test. Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created it in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943.


"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?"


A Rotarian’s Obligations
  • To be a Rotarian you must give of your time and talents:
    • In community work;
    • In fellowship and social functions;
    • In club and district activities.
  • Attendance at weekly meetings is a benefit of Rotary.A minimum of 50% is expected.
  • You can easily maintain your attendance levels by making up at another Rotary club meeting, participating in club service projects and activities or completing a make-up online.
  • The Privileges in Rotary
  • The privilege of GIVING SERVICE to your community;
  • The privilege of DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL and understanding;
  • The privilege of helping BUILD HIGHER ETHICAL STANDARDS within your vocation;
  • The privilege of FRIENDSHIP WITH LEADERS in your community and around the world