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Why Join Rotary?
Membership in Rotary offers a number of benefits, including:

1. Effecting change within your community

2. Developing leadership skills while having fun

3. Gaining an understanding of and having an impact on local and international humanitarian issues

4. Developing relationships with community and business leaders



Object of Rotary

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:

FIRST. The development of acquaintance 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 fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

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 Four-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 test 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. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

“Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

About The Rotary International Foundation: Paul Harris Fellowship

The Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.

Rotarians who contribute $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation receive a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin and a medallion.   Paul Harris Fellows who continue are awarded higher designations for each $1,000 given.    For example, if someone contributes $2,000, they are acknowledged as a PHF+1.  Rotarians who commit to giving $1,000 annually are inducted into the Paul Harris Society.  Rotarians who contribute $10,000 or more to the Foundation receive Major Donor status.

The Rotary Foundation supports an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.  Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations and shelter for millions of persons.  These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe.  Click here for more information on the Rotary Foundation and the Paul Harris Fellowship.

Matching Grants are available for club service projects, please click here District Grants Committee

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Diversity Policy


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Diversity Policy


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