The Rotary promise is measured by the '4 Way Test' of the things we think, say or do….
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned
The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney, who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The 'Rotary' name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.
Rotary's popularity spread and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg, Canada. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents.
The organization adopted the Rotary International name a year later.
As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social interests.
Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need.
The organization's distinguished reputation attracted Presidents, Prime Ministers, and a host of other Luminaries to its ranks.