Roswell Rotary Club

Why Rotary?

Object of Rotary

First formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years as Rotary’s mission expanded, the Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the organization’s purpose as well as the club member’s responsibilities. 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:
 

The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service

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

The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life

The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

 

The Four Way Test


Of The Things We Think, Say & Do:

1Is it the TRUTH?
 
2Is it Fair To All Concerned?
 
3Will It Build Goodwill & Better Friendships?
 
4Will It Be Beneficial For All Concerned?

One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary 4-Way Test. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24 word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test 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.

Avenues of Service


CLUB SERVICE

The scope of activities that Rotarians undertake in support of their club, such as serving on committees, proposing individuals for membership, and meeting attendance requirements. 

VOCATIONAL SERVICE

The opportunity that Rotarians have to represent their professions as well as their efforts to promote vocational awareness and high ethical standards in business. For decades, Rotarians have been applying the “4- Way Test” to their business and personal relationships and in recent years, a “Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions” has given expression to their concern for ethical standards in the workplace. From offering career guidance in high schools, to seeking ways to improve conditions in the workplace, Rotarians and their clubs engage in many different kinds of vocational service. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

The scope of activities which Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Many official Rotary programs are intended to meet community needs, whether it be to promote literacy, help the elderly or disabled, combat urban violence or provide opportunities for local youth. 

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

The activities which Rotarians undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. The spread of Rotary clubs across the globe allows for the concerted Rotary support of humanitarian efforts worldwide. 

YOUTH SERVICES

A new avenue of service designed to better promote all youth programs served by Rotary.