Rotary Basics

“Whatever Rotary may mean to us,
to the world it will be known by
the results it achieves.”
— Paul Harris, 1914


The basics of Rotary, where does the organisation comes from, what are the structures within Rotary? all these questions are answered in this little pdf booklet called Rotary Basics.

The Four-way Test

Early Rotary members emphasised the importance of acting responsibly and ethically and using our professions as an opportunity to serve. Honouring our commitments, however bold, is
an ideal characteristic of a Rotarian. In 1932, The Four-Way Test was developed by Herbert Taylor, a Rotary Club of Chicago member and 1954-55 RI president, to guide his attempt to save a faltering aluminium company. Rotary later adopted it, and it underscores Rotary’s value of integrity. The Four-Way Test has long served as an ethical guide for members to live by in their personal and professional relationships.

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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.

Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
Vocational Service calls on all Rotarians to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life of people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects,
using local member expertise to build long-term partnerships for sustainable projects, seeking service partners abroad, and more.
Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary
Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

Areas of Focus

The causes we target to maximize our impact are called our areas of focus. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities fall within these areas.
Through global grants and other resources, we help clubs focus their service efforts in the following areas:
Promoting peace
• Fighting disease
• Providing clean water
• Saving mothers and children
• Supporting education
• Growing local economies
Projects that focus on these causes are eligible for global grant funding from The Rotary Foundation.