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Q: What is Rotary?
A: Rotary, founded in 1905, is the world's first service organization. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self" - Rotary Concerns itself with truth, fairness, improved relations between people and world peace. The avenues of Rotary service include community and international volunteerism through club activities and promotion of ethics in all vocations.
Q: What is the objective of Rotary?
A: 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.
Q: How large is the Rotary Organization?
A: Rotary has a global network of 1.2 million members in more than 29,000 clubs in 160 countries.
Q: How do Rotarians serve the community?
A: Rotary members meet weekly to plan service activities. Rotary clubs are autonomous and determine their own service projects based on the communities needs. Rotary clubs are non-religious, nongovernmental and open to every race, culture and creed. Club membership represents a cross section of local business and professional leaders.
Q: What is the Four Way Test?
A: From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions: "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?"