Rotary International
Why I Love Rotary International and My Rotary Club

When I was first exposed to Rotary at a town celebration, I latched onto information I received but did not immediately commit. You see, I had information without understanding its value. When I finally filed into an early-morning (by my standards then) club meeting, what I witnessed thrilled me and I quickly wanted to become a member.
 
Many people do not know what Rotary represents. To some with limited knowledge, mention of Rotary conjures up images of "old men telling war stories" or a "rich good ol' boys club." For those to whom that image in unappealing, I have great news: ROTARY IS NOT LIKE THAT!!!
 
To the contrary, Rotary meetings are exciting and filled with a cross-section of society. Meetings are usually fun social events that include hearty laughs and deep bonds. Beyond that, meetings generally include presentations from engaging speakers on a wide array of topics. I have learned so much by participating in a wide array of meetings across Minnesota; the United States; the Internet; and even St.-Marc, Haiti! Each meeting brings a unique experience along with it.
 
For two of the years I've been a Rotarian, I enjoyed the blessing of being the International Service Officer of my affiliated club. That office helped me learn so much about the many different cultures worldwide and the many projects that Rotary is affiliated with through the efforts of volunteers and the Rotary Foundation. One of Rotary's proudest accomplishments is its efforts to eradicate polio. But that gargantuan effort is only one of its many great aspects.
 
One of the things I love about Rotary is the Four-Way test. It is one of the guiding principles of my life. That test has been translated into more than 100 different languages!
 
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? 
 
Besides that wonderful Four-Way Test, Rotary has many other wonderful principles.
     
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. 
 
With the motto of "Service Above Self," Rotarians engage in Four Avenues of Service:
    
  • 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. 
 
I believe that there are so many reasons to become a Rotarian that I encourage everyone I know to visit a club and search out information on the excellent things that Rotarians are doing throughout the world. Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 clubs in more than 200 different countries and geographical regions.

For more information on Rotary International, and to find locations of club meetings, visit their website at www.rotary.org .