WHAT IS 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. In more than 166 countries
worldwide, approximately 1.2 million of Rotarians belong to
more than 31,000 Rotary clubs.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS
OF MEMBERSHIP IN A ROTARY CLUB? Membership in a Rotary club
offers a number of benefits, including:
· Effecting change within the community
Developing leadership skills.
Gaining an understanding of - and having an impact
on - community and international issues.
· Developing relationships with community and business leaders.
Rotary's various service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community.
WHAT IS A PRIMARY
GOAL OF A ROTARY CLUB? A primary goal of a Rotary club is to continually
expand the club with committed members who have the interest and ability to get involved in service to community and
HOW ARE CLUBS GROUPED? Clubs are grouped into 530 Rotary districts, each led by a district governor
who is an officer of Rotary International and represents the RI Board of Directors
in the field. Though selected by the clubs of the district, a governor is elected by all of the clubs worldwide meeting in
the RI Convention.
IS THE MEMBERSHIP PROCESS? Often a person being considered
for membership is invited by a member or sponsor to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the club's membership committee
IS THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF ROTARY The main objective of Rotary is service
- in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment,
illiteracy, and violence They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students,
teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.
The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
HOW DID ROTARY GET
STARTED? The world's first service club, Rotary began with the formation
of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, on February 23, 1905. The club was started by a young lawyer, Paul P. Harris, and three of his friends. He wished to recapture the friendly spirit he had felt
among business people in the small town where he had grown up. Their weekly meetings "rotated" among their offices, thereby providing
the new service club with its name.
WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE ROTARY CLUB OF TIPTON MEET? The Rotary Club of Tipton conducts a luncheon meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 12:00PM at the
Tipton Country Club on South Street/F36 (SW of the intersection of Hi Way 38 and Hi Way F36.
WHAT IS ROTARY'S UNITED SERVICE PROGRAM? Although
Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication
of polio. <!-- In the 1980s, Rotarians raised $240 million to
immunize the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary's centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the
PolioPlus program will have contributed $500 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at
national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.
WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION? The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes
world understanding through international humanitarian service programs
and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a
better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 billion in humanitarian and
which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.
HOW IS ROTARY ORGANIZED?
Rotary is organized at club, district, and international levels to carry out its program of service. Rotarians are members
of their clubs, and the clubs are members of the global association
known as Rotary International. Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of the standard constitution and the
constitution and bylaws of Rotary International.
DOES ROTARY WORK WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS? Throughout
its history, Rotary International has collaborated with many civic and humanitarian organizations as well as government agencies
in its efforts to improve the human condition. An excellent example of
what these partnerships can accomplish can be found in Rotary's PolioPlus program. Launched in 1985 in concert with the World Health Organization,
the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and UNICEF, Rotary's goal is to immunize every child in the world against polio. Rotary brought
to the effort millions of volunteers to assist in vaccine delivery social mobilization, and logistical help at the local,
national, regional, and international levels.
DID "THE FOUR WAY TEST" COME FROM? From the earliest days
of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the
world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics
is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that
was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word code of ethics for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales,
production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and
the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy