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.
In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million
Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.
club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business
and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly
and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races,
main objective of Rotary is service - in the community, in the workplace,
and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects
that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children
at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence.
They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities
and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals,
and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service
Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians
worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of
polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US$240 million to immunize
the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary's centenary year and
the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the
program will have contributed US$500 million to this cause. In addition,
Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist
at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around
Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation
that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian
service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported
solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who
share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has
awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational
grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned
with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives.
One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of
business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by
Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when
he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.
This 24-word code of ethics for employees to follow in their business
and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising,
and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of
the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary
in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred
languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following
the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
it FAIR to all concerned?
it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?