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Our Philosophy and Public Service

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We are privileged to have members from all walks of life, united by a common desire---to give back and help make a difference. Service Above Self is the path.

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

How We Serve

5 Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and aboard through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.

1. Club Service

Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.

2. Vocational Service

Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.

3. Community Service

Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.

4. International Service

International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on interniatonal projects, seeking partners aboard and more.

5. Youth Service

Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professional through leadership and development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Rotary Youth Exchange.

The Four Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.

The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings.

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?

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:

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.