What is Rotary?
Rotary is an organization of business and professional people united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Paul P. Harris, a Chicago attorney, invited three of his friends to a meeting on February 23, 1905 to organize a club to promote friendship and business. They began having weekly meetings in each member’s place of business. The rotation of meetings gave rise to the name Rotary.
As the group continued to invite others to join, Rotary grew quickly. Today there are over 31,000 Rotary clubs in 167 countries around the world with a total membership of approximately 1.2 million.
Rotarians were quick to add community service to their purposes. Today Rotary is known as the world’s first and oldest service club. Rotarians serve in their own communities and they unite worldwide for service and cultural exchanges.
Object of Rotary
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise by promoting the following four objectives:
The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service’
High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity serve society’
The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to personal, business and community life;
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service.
What You Can Expect From Rotary?
- Membership in the world’s oldest and most prestigious service club;
- Immediate acceptance, courtesy, friendship and respect from the nearly 1.2 million Rotarians around the world including the right to attend any of the over 31,000 Rotary clubs;
- A unique opportunity to substantially enlarge your circle of business and professional acquaintances;
- Knowledge and insight to community, state, national and international issues and leaders;
- Fellowship and many enduring friendships from an association with other business and professional people in your community;
- An opportunity to contribute to world understanding and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people;
- A new opportunity to serve your community;
- Reception of the monthly magazine, THE ROTARIAN, which contains news to Rotary around the world and interesting articles by outstanding writers on a variety of subjects.
What Rotary Expects from You?
- Service to your community through Rotary and other organizations of your choice;
- Representation of your vocation to our club and representation of Rotary to your vocation;
- A commitment to world understanding and peace;
- Service to our club, sharing in its functioning, and cheerful acceptance of committee assignments;
- Faithful attendance at club meetings or “make-ups” of absence. You must attend (or “make-up”) a minimum of 60% of all meetings in a six month period and you must not miss four meetings in a row;
- Prompt payment of all financial obligations.