The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote
integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Encouraging high ethical standards and respect for all worthy vocations has been
a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days. In their business and professional lives, Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test:
Of the things we think, say or do:
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
• Will it build goodwill and better
• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
OBJECT OF ROTARY
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:
The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
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;
The application of the ideal of service in
each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
The advancement of international under-standing, goodwill, and peace through
a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ROTARY
Paul P. Harris organized the first Rotary club in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 23 February 1905.
Seeking fellowship and professional camaraderie, Harris, a young lawyer, invited a group of men, each engaged in a different vocation, to form this new club.
That basis for membership — one person from each business and profession in the community — still exists in Rotary.
The name came from the original practice of rotating meetings among members’ places of business.
Today, more than 1.2 million people call themselves Rotarians. The ideal of Service Above Self is shared by 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.