About Rotary - What Is Rotary?

Rotary International is the parent organization of approximately 30,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 160 countries spread around the world.  These clubs are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.  They are populated by some 1.2 million business and professional people whose motto is Service Above Self.   Rotarians endorse the principles embodied in the Object of Rotary (link) and the high ethical standards embodied in its Four-Way Test (link).  


Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as poverty, hunger, illiteracy, the environment, and youth development.  They support educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals; and vocational and career development for young adults.  They strive to build goodwill and peace in the world.





Rotarians also support global humanitarian projects through the Rotary International Foundation and Rotary Districts.  These provide health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs, primarily in developing countries.  Rotary's signature program is a decades-long campaign for the global eradication of polio, through immunization of small children.  Rotarians have now contributed more thant a billion dollars and have provided armies of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in 122 polio-endemic countries around the world.  Through this effort, Rotary International and its partners have immunized more than two billion children and reduced the incidence of polio by 99%.



Rotary Principles

Over the years, Rotarians have developed come basic principles that serve a foundation for our relationships and the actions we take in the world.  These fall in three categories:  the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service, and the Four-Way Test.



The Object of Rotary.  The goal is to foster the ideal of service as a basis for worthy enterprize.

The Avenues of Service.  These avenues are the foundation of club activity.

The Four-Way Test.   The ethical guide for personal and professional relationships.

Additional Information:


For information about the History of Rotary, click here.


For general information about Rotary International, click here.


For information about the origin of the Four-Way Test and the Four-Way Test Association, click here.