ROTARY BASICS - Rotary's Guiding Principles

Throughout Rotary's history, several basic principles have been developed to guide Rotarians in achieving the ideal of service and high ethical standards.

Object of Rotary    First formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years  as Rotary's mission expanded, the Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the  organization's purpose as well as the club member's responsibilities.

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.

 
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