[The following has been copied from the Rotary International website and are copyrighted ©1999 Rotary International. Go to their website at www.rotary.org for more information.]
DEFINITION OF ROTARY. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians, members of more than 29,000 Rotary clubs in 161 countries.
OBJECT OF ROTARY. 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.
MISSION STATEMENT. The mission of Rotary International is:
- To support its member clubs in fulfilling the Object of Rotary;
- To globally promote the concept of service as a worthy endeavor;
- To strengthen and expand Rotary to communities around the world;
- To foster unity among member clubs of the association.
BECOMING A ROTARIAN. Membership is vital to a Rotary club”s operations, and an important component of club service is to enlarge the club with enthusiastic and service-minded new members.
- Prospective members must actively hold — or be retired from — a professional, proprietary, executive or managerial position.
- They must have the desire and ability to serve and to meet the club”s attendance requirements for its weekly meetings.
- In addition, a prospective member must either live or work within the territorial limits of the club or an adjoining club, or within the corporate limits of the city in which the club is located. A person whose business and residence are in communities not served by Rotary may be considered for membership by a club in an immediately adjacent community.
An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. The club”s classification committee maintains a list of the types of businesses and professions in its community and seeks candidates to fill classifications not already held by an active member of the club. (Examples of classifications: High Schools; Universities; Eye Surgery; Tires — Distributing; Tires — Retailing; Dramatic Arts; law — civil.) In this manner, a club is assured it includes a significant cross section of its community”s vocational life, and has the widest possible resources and expertise for its service programs and projects.To get further information on Rotary, visit the Rotary International website at www.rotary.org