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What is Rotary?

Rotary is a collection of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are vested in their community and looking for a way to give back. It's a place where business professionals and community leaders can exchange ideas, form meaningful friendships and serve their community. The name "Rotary" comes from the early practice of rotating the meeting location among the offices of each member. For over a century, the Rotary community has expanded all over the globe. Today, over 1.2 million members serve their communities through more than 34,000 clubs.



Why 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:

I.   The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

II.  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;

III. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life;

IV. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide we as Rotarians use for our personal and professional relationships.

Of the things we think, say or do:

    I.   Is it the TRUTH?

    II.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?

    III. Will it build GOODWILL and

    IV. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all