What is Rotary?
Created in 1905, Rotary is a worldwide network of over 1 million dedicated men and women who share a passion for community service and friendship. Rotary’s members join forces, share ideas and take action in order to make positive, lasting changes in communities locally and nationally.
Service Above Self is Rotary’s official motto.
The Four Way Test
The Four-Way Test is an ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships:
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?
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever:
- Promoting peace
- Fighting disease
- Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Saving mothers and children
- Supporting education
- Growing local economies
To find out more about each of these causes, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes
The End Polio campaign
Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.
Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years, and our goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. We started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.
To find out more, please visit https://www.endpolio.org