Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization of business and community leaders, and volunteers who are willing and able to support the Rotary International mission. Men and women, doing incredible things together, within their Rotary clubs, and in concert with Rotarians around the world. Rotarians believe in improving people's lives, leading to a better and more peaceful world, while having fun doing so. Targeted for elimination are poverty, disease, hunger, illiteracy, and pollution. We commit time, talent, experience and resources to make a positive difference. Founded in 1905, Rotary has over 1.5 million members around the world. Rotary helped develop the original United Nations charter in 1947 and holds a seat at the United Nations. Rotary clubs meet weekly to discuss, plan and adopt service projects, recognize members' successes and achievements, inspire others with whom Rotarians come in contact, enjoy fellowship, and have fun.
Rotary's motto is: "Service Above Self"
Rotarians also apply a "4-Way Test" in conduct and making decisions:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
There are approximately 35,000 member clubs worldwide. A tenet of Rotary is that developing friendships encourages community and international service.