Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges – including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns – while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s or doctorate degree in peace and conflict resolution.
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed $1 Billion U.S. and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is the spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
History – Founded in Chicago in 1905 the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris a Chicago attorney as the world’s first volunteer service organization. Rotary quickly expanded around the globe as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture, and creed.
Are you interested in sharing your skills and experiences with other from our community? We are looking for people who walk with integrity, expertise, and a commitment to service. These are the qualities that make Rotarians extraordinary and our members find time to meet together, solve problems, exchange ideas and make lifelong friendships.
Rotary brings together great minds from nearly everywhere in the world. People from all continents, cultures, and occupations—it’s truly one of our greatest strengths. Our members are leaders in their fields and communities. Our diverse perspectives help us to see problems differently—and help us solve them in communities throughout the world.
- Effecting change within the community:
- Advancing business and professional contacts:
- Developing leadership skills:
- Having an impact on international humanitarian issues:
Monday: Crystal River 12:15 PM Plantation Inn
Tuesday: Inverness – 12:00 PM – Inverness Golf and Country Club
Tuesday: Sugarmill Woods 5:00 PM Sugarmill Woods Country Club
Wednesday: Central Citrus 7:45 AM – Black Diamond Ranch Clubhouse
Thursday: Homosassa 7:00 AM Luigi’s Restaurant
Make Up – E-Club
Make-up at the E-Club, using the above link, if you are unable to attend a physical club meeting.
Advise our Secretary to ensure your make-up is recorded.
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 4-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 4-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:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”
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