What is Rotary?


In 1905, Attorney Paul P. Harris, who wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth, held Rotary’s first meeting in downtown Chicago. The members decided to call the new club “Rotary” after the practice of rotating meeting locations.

Today, there are 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs assisting humanity worldwide. This network of clubs makes up Rotary International.

Rotary joins men and women from all continents, cultures and occupations who exchange their ideas, share their diverse perspectives and apply their expertise to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Rotarians take action to bring positive, lasting change to their communities and around the world. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities include:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies

As Rotary members, we foster fellowship and global understanding. We build lifelong relationships based on ethics and integrity. Speaking with clarity and conviction, we honor our commitments and celebrate diversity.

Rotarians are visionaries, upbeat and hopeful, who take action to find lasting solutions to systemic problems at home and abroad with enthusiasm and compassion.

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The 4-Way Test


Initiated in 1932, Rotary’s Four-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages and has become an instrument to develop respect and understanding among people. It asks the following questions of the things we think, say or do

Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?