What is Rotary?

"Since the beginning, men have been struggling upwards. The world's progress sometimes seems wondrous slow, but if slow, it is nevertheless sure. Little by little, men have prepared themselves for better conceptions of life."

(Paul Harris, Letter to the Rotarians at the Houston Convention of 1914.  Quote courtesy of the Rotary Global History Fellowship.  See the full letter at:  RGHF-Letter)

Rotarians are not old rich white guys!  More than not Rotarians are usually "common people", citizens of diverse backgrounds with a drive to help others.  Started by a small group of businessmen on a cold February in 1905.  They met for lunch and discussed how to help people in need.  From that, a grassroots organization grew to 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, in 200 different countries or regions with a total of 1.2 million members.   

Rotarians are not old rich white guys!  More than not Rotarians are usually "common people", citizens of diverse backgrounds with a drive to help others.  Started by a small group of businessmen on a cold February in 1905.  They met for lunch and discussed how to help people in need.  From that, a grassroots organization grew to 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, in 200 different countries or regions with a total of 1.2 million members.   
 
Still run locally in small groups, Rotary is an upside-down type of organization.  Decisions are made at a local level, club to club on how to best serve the local community and how to best team up with other clubs to assist on a global scale.  Rotarians work on local projects such, food banks, hospice care, youth with literacy, helping youth education, the environment, and many specific local needs.

On the International front, Rotary is helping people in many countries with clean drinking water and sanitation, schooling, peace, etc.   Rotary clubs around the world work with each other to ensure that the services delivered are exactly what is needed.  That is,  we will partner with a Rotary Club in Ethiopia to work on the clean water project there.   And we believe in sustainability.  If we teach the locals how to do the work, they will be able to help themselves long after Rotary has finished the project.

Rotary is connections!  Charity work is a great way to find strong local leaders in the community.  Individuals who volunteer their personal time to make the community and the world a little bit better can be great connections in the business world too.  They often have a strong work ethic and have been taught the four pillars of the Rotary way.  Four principles that seamlessly integrate into their everyday work life.

Called the Rotary Test, a Rotarian should ask themselves these four 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?

Rotary is here to help.