Rotary International Mission

Object of Rotary

Rotary’s purpose is best summed up by its Object of Rotary, which is stated as follows:

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and in particular, to encourage and foster:

  1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
  2. 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.
  3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.
  4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

4-Way Test

Rotarians are also identified by the importance they attach to ethical behaviour.

Rotarians follow the Four-Way Test, which asks:

  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?

Avenues of Service

Rotary’s work is categorized into what Rotarians call the Avenues of Service.  These are:

  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
  • New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.

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