General Rotary Information
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What is Rotary | Object of Rotary | Four WayTest | Polio Plus | Rotary Foundation |


What is Rotary?
Rotary is an organization of businesses and profesional men and women united world wide to conduct humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary began in 1905 when a man named Paul Harris and three of his friends began meeting on a regular basis. There are curently over 1,200,000 members in 29,000 clubs in over 159 countries.


Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarianís occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarianís personal, business, and community life;
  4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


Four Way Test
The four way test is used as an effective measuring stick for conduct and guide to right thinking. It was originally set forth by Herbert Taylor in 1932 as an ethical tool for business.

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all those concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Polio Plus
In 1985, Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio. Since that time, Rotary's efforts and those of partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world, have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide. Rotarians stand at the brink of a great victory and look forward to celebrating the global eradication of polio in 2005, the organization's centennial year.



Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is a public charity established in 1917. The purpose of the foundation is to further the 4th objective of Rotary: to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. The foundation operates several programs including university level scholarships and group study exchanges, humanitarian projects and the Polio Plus programs. Donations to the foundation are mostly provided by Rotarians and their clubs.