Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.(From Wikipedia) The Rotarian's primary motto is "Service Above Self"; its secondary motto is "One Profits Most Who Serves Best" (until 2010 it was "They Profit Most Who Serve Best", changed in 2004 from "He Profits Most Who Serves Best").
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.
This objective is set against the "Rotary 4-Way Test", used to see if a planned action is compatible with the Rotarian spirit. The test was developed by Rotarian and entrepreneur Herbert J. Taylor during the Great Depression as a set of guidelines for restoring faltering businesses and was adopted as the standard of ethics by Rotary in 1942. It is still seen as a standard for ethics in business management. The 4-Way Test considers the following questions in respect to thinking, saying or doing:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Sounds cool! In High School I was part of an Interact club which is made up of highschoolers obviously. The main thing I remember from that time was serving as an elf at some sort of Christmas party for disadvantaged kids. It was a lot of fun. It was also a Rotary funded event.
If you are in the Peterborough area you can learn more about them on their home page
For me I would think about it but it would require me to go out and frankly I'm not comfortable with that right now.