General Rotary Information
What Rotary Is:
What Rotary Is Not:
The Rotary Four Way Test is a Fundamental Part of Rotary and One that all Rotarians use on a daily basis in every decision they make:
1) Is it the Truth?
2) Is it Fair to all concerned?
3) Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
4) Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?
If you consider all of these together, they will guide you to the correct decision in any situation in life that may arise.
Rotary International Information:
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.25 million business, professional, and community leaders. Rotarians provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. .
The Rotary Foundation
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. .
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$117.9 million contributed in 2004-05. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.
The Foundation's humanitarian programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs, primarily in the developing world.
A society within Rotary was founded to honor its founder, Paul Harris. Members are individuals who have contributed personally or for whom contributions have been made by others of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation. This contribution may occur over time. RI encourages all members to become a Sustaining Member, one that contributes $100 annually to the Foundation.
Through its educational programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation's programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.
One of the major humanitarian programs is Polio Plus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide through the Polio Plus Fund with Rotarian volunteers. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded $355 Million as a matching grant to the fund to help Polio Plus reach its goal. After 20 years of hard work the goal of the program is well within reach.
Information is available on the International website at www.rotary.org. There is a lot of information on the site and you are encouraged to browse it at your leisure.
Rotary District Information:
The district web site can be found at www.rotary7610.org. Here you will be able to find information regarding the district, its activities, volunteer opportunities and officers.