Service Above Self

OBJECT OF ROTARY

In Rotary’s first decade, members set out guiding principles that evolved into what is now known as the Object of Rotary. They added the advancement of peace in 1921 and made the language more gender-neutral in 1989 and 1995.

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:

FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an
opportunity for service;

SECOND: High ethical standards in business and
professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all
useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s
occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each
Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH: The advancement of international
understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world
fellowship of business and professional persons united
in the ideal of service.

The Four Way Test

Early Rotary members emphasized the importance of acting responsibly and ethically and using our professions as an opportunity to serve. Honoring our commitments, however bold, is an ideal characteristic of a Rotarian. In 1932, The Four-Way Test was developed by Herbert Taylor, a Rotary Club of Chicago member and 1954-55 RI president, to guide his attempt to save a faltering aluminum company. Rotary later adopted it, and it underscores Rotary’s value of integrity. The Four-Way Test has long served as an ethical guide for members to live by in 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?

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