Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders united by common values and vision for the future. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, solve important local and global problems, and help build goodwill and peace in their communities and around the world.
Rotary is divided into three parts: Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation. Rotary clubs are the heart of Rotary, made up of dedicated individuals who exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action. Rotary International helps by coordinating worldwide programs and events. The Rotary Foundation accepts donations from voluntary contributions and uses them to fund Rotary projects, working entirely as a nonprofit.
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. To do this, Rotarians apply the Four-Way Test, asking the questions:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.