Rotary is short for Rotary International - a worldwide association of Service Clubs for professional and business men and women and other community leaders. There are over 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to over 32,000 clubs spread throughout most countries of the world. Clubs are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto "Service Above Self", Rotary's main objective is Service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
The Object of Rotary and the "Four Way Test"
There are usually weekly meetings, at lunch time, which often include a talk on a subject of general interest by an outside speaker. A member is encouraged to attend meetings as often as possible.
As a member, you get a chance to become more involved in your community and to provide aid to other parts of the world through the opportunities that your Rotary club and Rotary International have to offer.
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First - The development of aquaintance 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 of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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 :-
Of the things we think, say or do .
Club No. 62 ... United Kingdom ... District 1145
The Rotary Club of Croydon
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