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Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Covid-19 Alert - Virtual Meeting
1515 Memorial Drive
P.O. Box 272
Two Rivers, WI 54241-0272
United States of America
May 2021
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
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Our Club's candidate for the 2021-22 District Grant...keeping our winning streak of successful projects going.
This year's grant criteria will focus on environmental, humanitarian and educational aspects for any potential project. 
The Ivy Tunnel, planned for installation at the Arboretum during the summer, certainly reflects this preference.  
Thanks to all of our members that have worked to prepared the concept and for those, hopefully, that will be 
involved in its construction!


Program Chair: Colleen Inman - has invited two past exchange student to speak about the impact of the program on their lives.

Happy Bucks: Connections featuring "Quips and Quotes" - sharing experiences from the past week. 
                         Please participate by both sharing “verbally” and noting your “donation” in the Zoom chat area for Jeff Z.
Craig Burnett  is our  District Governor 2020-2021
Rotary Opens Opportunities
May 11th, 2021
May is Youth Service Month. 2020-21 RI President Holger Knaack – using the Theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, encourages Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve   Craig Burnett  is our  District Governor 2020-2021
  1. (Betty B.)  Pledge of Allegiance; 4-way Test recited collectively.
  1. (Betty B.) Today’s Greeter – First come, first served. (Designated greeters will have the responsibility to share a warm welcome to kick off each meeting.)
  1.  (Betty B.) Welcome/Announcements – Detailed Zoom instructions/tutorial have been provided on our web site.   This week we had 16 in attendance at the District Conference.  “Very nice!”
  1. (Betty B.) May Junior Rotarian – Coleman Slattery…introduction to a stellar student building on his Rotary supported Eagle Scout project.
  1. (Betty B.) Happy Bucks (Quips and Quotes) - The opportunity is given (once again) for each member to share their personal “quips and quotes” of experiences over the past week – i.e. Happy Bucks. Please participate by both sharing “verbally” and noting your “donation” in the Zoom chat area for Jeff Z.   
  1. (Betty B.) Program Chair: Kim Henning has invited Jim Knickelbine, Executive Director – Woodland Dunes.
  Adaptation – as it is in nature, so it has been in the past year with Woodland Dunes.  Many of the programs have been reinvented to reach people in new and innovative ways.  Jim Knickelbine proceeded to highlight the actions of 2020 building into 2021.  All of these are based on the recognition that WD is a globally important habitat with a unique ridge and swale environment.  Use of the Nature Center and building has been restored.
  • The Dorothy Star Butterfly/Wildlife garden is nearing completion - Rotary’s contribution to the new building and gardens was noted and appreciated.
  • Expansion of environmental education programs, both live and virtual, will serve to fulfill its mission
  • Events aplenty: from the successful Tropical Blast to birding events/annual breakfast to grants and tree planting…all provide opportunities to participate, learn and support.
  • Communication continues with its new You Tube channel to continuing Ripples From the Dunes column.
  • 2021 plans:  From summer camps to various habitat projects to ongoing bird banding – The best is yet to come.
The phrase, “A mind stretched, never returns to its original shape”, certainly applies to the innovative ways that the pandemic has worked to shape the programming of Woodland Dunes.The constant, however, has been the land and the stewardship shown by the staff and volunteers at Woodland Dunes.
Ripples 5/13/21
What a joy to finally emerge from the cold, at least some days, and see nature’s green again.  Early morning’s in May, when not too cold and a calm wind are my favorite days of the year.  The haze of green new growth, reddish buds, and white flowers paint the forest canopy in gentle springtime hues, and the songs of returning birds are the perfect accompaniment.  
  1.  (Betty B.)  Member news…
  • Jerry Juckem is recovering from surgery this week…well wishes
  • Brenda G. and Stanley P. shared appreciation for the return of warmth/nature
  • Betty B. provided an update on the 2020 District Grant in support of the Butterfly garden at WD noting that there is a photo-op associated with the placement of the educational signs
  • Dennis S. shared the tidbit that our Club was in the top 3 in District Conference participation – 29%!
Yet another Rotary “perk”. Contact Betty if you need a current Chamber member card…as a member of our Club – you are entitled to fabulous discounts and services.
  1.  (Betty B.)  Restoring “in person” meetings - The time has come for us to determine "rules of engagement" for resuming live "in-person" meetings at the Lighthouse Inn. 
A hybrid meeting format, combining in-person with distance technology capabilities, has been encouraged by District leadership.
Initial discussions with the Lighthouse Inn have indicated a change in our meeting time will need to be considered. Options include – a. moving the morning meeting time back to 7:30am (from 7:00am, if you remember), b. changing our breakfast meeting back to a lunch meeting (high noon), or c. investigating other meeting venues if the 7am time slot is preferred. Informal Member input was provided at this meeting in support of returning to an in-person format at 7:30am.  Issues, however, remain to be resolved – Junior Rotarian participation in the fall and testing of AV technology to facilitate remote participation by speakers and members.  That mind stretched concept, again…
We are also considering one outside meeting each month (probably just the warmer months)…featuring the courtyard at the Cobblestone Inn and/or the Woodtype Museum.
Quite a bit to consider – from arranging meals/time/venue to program technology. Stay tuned and engaged!
  1. (Betty B.) Board of Directors Report/Actions...highlights from the last meeting. These include scholarship concepts going forward and recommendations for technology upgrades to enable in person meetings. 
  1.  (Betty B.) Meal on Wheels – Thanks to all that are serving...we will have June off for good behavior.
  1. (Betty B.) Senior Center Volunteer Appreciation Carry Out Luncheon – the final financial commitments from our Club will be forthcoming.
  1. (Betty B.) Kiwanis is looking for volunteers for their Fish Derby (and Snowfest as well). It’s the weekend of the Volley ball tournament …
  1. (Betty B.) District Grant 2021 planning meeting - application due on June 1st…keeping our “winning” streak going.  Grant criteria focus on environmental, humanitarian and educational aspects for any potential project.  The Arboretum concept will continue to be refined to reflect this preference.  All Club members are encouraged to join in the effort to advance the project.  Focusing on the environmental aspects, project details would include assembling a tunnel habitat and associated plantings by members of our Club.  Planning meetings continue with one scheduled for this Wednesday…an invitation will be distributed.
  1. (Betty B.) 2021 “Spring Fundraising” planning will be shifted to focus on conducting our Dinner/Auction this fall. 
Meanwhile, our Club will be concentrating fundraising activities around this summer’s community events.First up – Volleyball on the Beach (July 10th and 17th) to be followed by the real coup of the summer - our selection as sole beverage vendor for this year’s Celebrate TR on August 28th.Two tents and good Club participation will be needed for this one. These activities will be supplemented by our participation as beverage vendor for this year’s Bands on the Beach festivities.All of these activities have been critical in raising funds in support of our Club’s programs.
  1. (Betty B.) Scholarship process/program status … The 2021 award has two (2) $1000 winners providing a satisfying end to the search.  Both recipients are committed to their field of study – one at LTC for fire/EMT training and another at NWTC in nursing.  We look forward to meeting them at an upcoming meeting to hear their stories and plans.  Thanks to Stanley P. and esteemed panel of judges for their time/expertise!
  1. (Betty B.) Committee Structure “resurrection”…
A structure involving “chair(s)” in each area of activity is being considered. This would replace previously used “standing” committees.Each activity (i.e. Dinner/Auction, Senior Luncheon, Bands on the Beach, Adopt a Family, etc.) would be accompanied by an instruction manual outlining tasks/timeline. Areas of activity will be identified over the next couple of weeks and shared with Club membership.Each area of activity will have resource material in a turnkey toolkit.
  1. (Betty B.)  Looking ahead…
  • Complete 2020 District Grant activity – a final report is expected within the next week.
  • Road Rally Reprise:  Let the planning begin…a “Fall 2021” event is in the works…let Jean A. know if you are interested in being a planning part of this tour de force.  First planning meeting is May 26th – all three area Clubs will be participating in this event.
  • Beach Volleyball Tourney plans – this is our baby with responsibilities for concessions.
  • Reserve park shelter for end of year celebration
  • Solicit board members/officers for 2021-22
  1. (Betty B.) District Activities –
  • Opportunity 2021 joint district conference event took place virtually this year on May 1st, and May 3rd – 6th via Zoom.  Member thoughts/impressions…all programs will be available for viewing on the District’s You Tube channel.
  1. (Betty B.) Lisa Van Lanen is working to maintain our Facebook social media presence.  She has requested input for content – our message and ways to improve, engage, support and promote the Rotary Club of Two Rivers using social media.  Please share your pictures of Rotarians in Action!    We are also reminded to “like, comment, and share” posts.  Look for an Earth Day posting of Rotary in Action – creating a Butterfly Garden/pond habitat.
  1. (Betty B.) COVID actions:
  • While RI is apolitical, we are urged to follow the actions that science lays out…promoting vaccine uptake and other preventative measures.
  • Communication will use group e-mail, eBulletin, website, and Facebook tools.  Options for returning to live in-person meetings are being discussed at the board and club member levels.  Great links have been provided on our website to both share strategies for success and identify potential program topics.
Status updates – Data Drives Decisions
  • Tips for conducting/improving meetings at the Club level.  District suggestions/strategies…program chairs are now being listed 4-6 weeks out on our site and eBulletin (in addition to a link on our site).
  • Please inform our Club of any personal needs as we strive to maintain our connections – caring for each other and our community…and get vaccinated when it’s your turn.
  • Meeting Programs … One of the "silver linings" with our virtual meeting experience has been the expanded variety of speakers and programming offered.  As such, the capability of offering remote speakers/programming is being considered for integration into our portfolio of programming options.
  • Please devote some thought to possible programming to keep our meetings informative AND let Betty/Brian know in advance.  When considering your topic, remember – we have the world at our fingertips.  Next week – program chair is Colleen I. who has invited two former exchange students to speak on the impact of the program on their lives.
  1. (Betty B.)  Event Sign-upPlease note program assignments and greeter assignments for 2021 are posted (online)…in addition to a personalized notification accompanying your eBulletin!  
  1. (Betty B.) Reminder:  Read your Rotarian and Visit our Club’s website…every member, every week.  Meeting responsibilities have been added to the site and reported out individually with your weekly eBulletin.  Have you registered for
  1.  (Betty B.) Birthday/Anniversary Report:  Birthdays – Jerry Juckem (5/9); Betty Bittner (5/16) Anniversaries – none to speak of…
  1. (Betty B.) Next week’s program chair – Colleen I. has invited two past exchange student to speak about the impact of the program on their lives.


Registration is open for the 2021 Virtual Convention.

The 2021 Virtual Convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world.

Rotary Youth Exchange students benefit from service
Rotary Youth Exchange students learn valuable skills and make vital connections when they have a chance to take part in their host district's service projects. While these projects have taken on a new shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs are still finding innovative ways to keep their youth involved. Also, for Youth Service Month, read a blog post about how to help your Youth Exchange students face the uncertainty of these extraordinary times.
As an ongoing supporter of GMRP, our Club has a connection to the people of Oliveros...through active team participation and ongoing financial commitment.  Included is another be continued.
The need is great and the people there are so incredibly grateful and are extremely disappointed that we aren't coming this year!
Flory's (our Oliveros touchpoint) Story...
Flory, our health care promoter in Guatemala, entered the hospital in Antigua on Thursday, April 15, after trying to fight Covid symptoms at home for some days. They tried several treatments, but on Sunday, April 18, they called me to say the doctors said she needed Remdesivir, as she was really struggling to breathe and nothing else had helped. Two of Flory’s sons, Jhonatan and Emilio, initially were able to obtain 2 doses of the medicine Remdesivir late on Monday, after a day of searching, in Antigua (where the hospital is and Emilio lives) and Guatemala City, with the promise of paying on Tuesday from our group. Meanwhile I was working frantically with our bank, trying to figure out a way to get money to them immediately. (Finally, Western Union, using a bank credit card, got the funds to them within a couple of hours.) They went to pay for the first 2 doses on Tuesday with our Western Union transfer of funds and found that they couldn’t get any more doses. This medicine is really working for whoever can get it, is in super-high demand and is very scarce. They couldn’t find anywhere in Antigua or Guatemala City that had the last 4 doses they needed, or that would sell it to private people. Late Tuesday night they got in touch with a doctor friend in Quetzaltenango who said he had two doses he could sell them. They left by car at 10:00 pm that night and got there at 1:00 am. They got the medicine, turned around and drove back, arriving in Antigua around 4:30 am. After grabbing a couple hours of sleep, Jhonatan dropped off the medicine at the hospital and headed off to work in the capital. Our funds have also paid for any other medicines Flory has used in the hospital, IV fluids, plasma and any other supplies. The actual stay and nursing care is free in national hospitals, but the family needs to be able to afford whatever supplies and medicines the doctors call for.
"I talked to Flory in the hospital Saturday night, April 24, for almost half an hour, and then she had a coughing fit and had to hang up. She was close to sounding back to normal, however she can’t do without oxygen yet. She said the doctors said the Remdesivir that we paid for and her sons were able to purchase saved her life."  She is eternally grateful! It is in very high demand there and usually only available for private hospitals that are really expensive. It is a real miracle that she was able to get it in time.

You can send checks to T-M Rotary-GMRP 

PO Box 182 

Washington Island, WI  54246 

Or use the DONATE button  on our web page. 


Rotary Citations for Rotary Year 2019-2020

Congratulations to the following District 6270 clubs who earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for the Rotary year 2019-20. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, the clubs demonstrated a commitment to achieve their goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.

Gold- Milwaukee Amigos, Oshkosh on the Water, Sheboygan, Two Rivers, West Bend, West Bend Sunrise


GMRP – Service Above Self

The Guatemala Medical Relief Partnership began in 2003 with the vision of a Rotarian from Wisconsin to provide general/basic medical care to people who couldn’t otherwise receive care.

Positioned in Oliveros, Santa Rosa, Guatemala a team of around 40 individuals travel to offer a clinic with General Medical, Vision and Dental care.  While the "team" will not be travelling to 

Guatemala in 2021, our work continues.  Support for continuing care, food, education continues to be provided through the support of Rotarians and our Club!

Watch this video to learn more about GMRP ›››

Rotary Club of Two Rivers: 2019-2020 Annual Report
Actions recognized with a Citation Achievement Award

Community Service
  • Meals on Wheels; delivered meals & delivered a flower & note to each for COVID.
  • Hosted Junior Rotarian students at weekly meetings
  • Donated $500 to Koenig Elementary School so they could provide new books to students.
  • Salvation Army: December Bell Ringing the Friday before Christmas
  • Donated  Easter bags containing a reading book and other small presents to children of TREP
  • Donated School Supplies to TREP
  • Received $2800 from 2019/2020 District Grant to pay for the Let them Play project at Lester Library
  • Received $500 from Nextera to help fund the Woodland Dunes Expansion project
  • Received a District Grant $700 to purchase 2 UV Lights for the Two Rivers Fire Department
  • Donated 2 UV lights to the TR Police Department
  • Donated children’s pajamas and stuffed animals to Lakeshore Friends of Foster Families and $150
  • Sponsored a ‘Sunday Supper’ at St. Peter the Fisherman; serving 57 meals
  • Sponsored a Guatemalan Student for the year for $960
  • Beach Cleanup at North Pier
Donated over $20,000 to various local and international projects throughout the year, including:
  • Two bicycles to the Two Rivers Optimist Club Bike Giveaway ($210)
  • School supplies to TREP
  • $200 to the Two Rivers Senior Center for Thanksgiving meal
  • $250 to TREP at Christmas
  • $100 to Salvation Army at Christmas
  • $500 to Lakeshore Cap Polar Express
  • $1,000 to the Guatemala Medical Relief Project (GMRP)
  • $500 to Two Rivers Schools Reading Program
  • Donated $300 to the Two Rivers Fire Department to purchase a new washing machine.
  • Donated $250 for the TRHS Senior class banners on Washington Street
  • Donated $100 to the Treehouse Theatre renovation
  • Donated $1000 in restaurant Gift certificates to the TR Fire Department
  • Donated $350 to the Haven
  • Donated $100 to Backpack Buddies
  • Provided Christmas gifts and groceries to mother and her children
  • Donated $250 to Healthiest Manitowoc to help fund a campaign to stop Vaping
  • $300 to TRHS FBLA
  • $500 to Guatemalan Food Relief
Club Events
  • Held weekly club meetings
  • Held annual holiday social
  • Held 5th Tuesday Socials
  • Held a networking night for former & prospective members.
  • Held quarterly club assemblies; project updates and financial summary
Club Fundraisers
  • Had to cancel annual dinner but still collected donations & donated $10,050 plus to Woodland Dunes
  • Bands on the Beach
  • EVP Volleyball concessions $1088
  • Held the annual Rose Sale: sold dozens of roses for a profit of $1,327
Club Highlights
  • Brian Jensen traveled to Guatemala to participate in GMRP mission trip
  • Club members donated $1,525 to Rotary International
  • Club members donated $1,225 to PolioPlus Fund
  • Paul Harris Fellowship award was presented to several members
  • Enhanced presence on Facebook
  • Published press releases in the Herald Times Reporter
  • Utilized Chamber advertisement opportunities
  • Increased membership by 2 members
  • Received the Rotary Citation Award!



Greetings, fellow Rotarians!

I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it.

Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future.

Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year.

I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world.

As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.

So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals.

Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.

I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.

Thank you.

Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-21


In light of COVID-19 mandates, The Rotary Club of Two Rivers will be hosting virtual meetings on Tuesday mornings until further notice.

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The virtual greeter will provide either the thought, a Rotary minute, share a family moment or a cultural tradition ... anything they would like to start off the day positive.

Upcoming program chair assignees:

  • Opportunity 2021 Joint District Conference - evening session (6pm-7:50pm)
  • Kim Henning (5/11)
  • Colleen Inman (5/18)
  • Brian Jensen (5/25)
  • School District - Bridgett Klein (to replace Gina Krahn) (6/1)

Note: If you are unable to act as "program chair" assignee when scheduled please arrange for your replacement.



While some are familiar with Zoom, there are others for which this will be an opportunity to experience something new

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The “waiting room” will open at 6:50 AM with our meeting starting at 7:00 AM. Attendees should mute themselves when not speaking, or if they have background noise. Attendees can communicate with one another through the “Chat” icon. 

Hope to see you Tuesday!

View outside our meeting room - taken before our March 17th Meeting.
In the absence of our regularly scheduled meetings, club communication will use group e-mail, eBulletin, website, and facebook tools.   
and remember...."let's be careful out there"


Rotary Million Dollar Journey Reaches its Goal… and Continues

After reaching a $1,000,000 fundraising goal early, Rotary International Districts 6220 & 6270 extend the goal deadline and dollar amount to support the Rotary Foundation during trying times
A joint effort between the Wisconsin & Michigan Rotarians of districts 6220 and 6270 to raise $1,000,000 for the Rotary Foundation by October, 2020 reached its goal four months early. With that success, and with even greater need, the districts will continue the journey by raising more funds, and a new conclusion in April, 2021.
A bit over one year ago, on the recommendation of Rotary International District Governors Steve Handrick and Steen Sanderhoff, their respective districts embarked on a path to collectively raise one million dollars of new gifts to the Rotary Foundation; a Million Dollar Journey. With many generous gifts – each in excess of $10,000 – from both districts, the goal was reached early, in July of 2020.
When the Journey launched, the districts planned a celebratory dinner for all of the contributors along the fundraising pathway, to have taken place in November 2020. The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic will make that celebration impossible at that time, and the districts agreed that it should be postponed until April 29, 2021.
Seeing the postponement as an opportunity, now past-governors Handrick & Sanderhoff and current district governors Scott Knaffla and Craig Burnett agreed that the districts should continue the Journey’s effort, and have set a new goal of $2,000,000 to be reached by April 1, 2021.
As with the first part of the Journey, the minimum amount of gifts within the journey is $10,000 to qualify for attendance at the celebratory dinner. Gifts may be made in a number of ways:
  1. Outright gifts of cash or appreciated securities
  2. A three-year pledge of cash or appreciated securities
  3. A Life income agreement funded with cash, appreciated securities or real estate, including charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, or pooled income funds.
  4. A bequest commitment via a will, life insurance policy, revocable trust, or a retirement plan
Each district has a team of Rotarians who stand ready to discuss the continuing campaign, give a presentation about the journey, or to interact directly with a potential donor. Donors or clubs are encouraged to contact PDG and Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor Nancy Rhodes to discuss the opportunity to add needed funds to the Rotary International Foundation during this time of pandemic and worldwide economic challenge.
Rotarians and others are encouraged to join in this important Journey at a time when it is truly needed.
Program presentations are available:
1.  Rotary Foundation ... the $1 Million Journey - see Betty B. for details
2.  Matthew Johnson Marsy's Law for Wisconsin-Political Director Phone: 715-919-3169 Email:
3.  End Polio Now - web based program
4.  Groundbreaking Workforce Education - Julie Mirecki | Vice President-Outreach LTC
Office: 920.693.1193| Mobile: 920.946.3552 Email:
5.  Robert Beezat has spoken to over 125 Rotary Clubs in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois about his book in relationship to Rotary's motto and Four Way Test. The name of his book is Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness. You can find out more about him, his book, and the presentations he has made to other Rotary Clubs at his website for the book: He would be delighted to have the opportunity to speak to our Rotary Club.  Robert Beezat 630-747-5028 (C)
6.  The "Emerald Hills" Arboretum Project - see Betty B. for details

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  • 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.

Avenues of Service

For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity. 


The Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.