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.
· Through 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 humanitarian projects.
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.
WHAT 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
WHAT 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
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
educational grants, 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.
WHERE 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