What Is Rotary?
Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Rotarians contribute time and expertise to make a difference – helping those who need it and encouraging youth to reach their potential.
Rotary's Guiding Priciples
The 4 Way Test
The Four-Way Test is Rotary’s unique approach and process to address conflicts, solve problems and make decisions to achieve desired outcomes. It can help us be more successful in reaching mutually beneficial, sustainable and scalable solutions.
Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.
It asks the following four questions: “Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Together, we see a world where People unite and take action to Create lasting Change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Object Of Rotary
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 understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Avenues Of Service
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
Focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
Calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
Encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
Exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
Recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs.