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Vision Statement & Areas of Focus

Vision Statement

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

Six areas of focus:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies

History of Rotary International

Paul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth.  On 23 February 1905, Harris and three friends gathered  in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.  They decided to call the new club "Rotary" after the practice of rotating meeting locations.

Within five years clubs had formed across the country, from San Francisco to New York.

In August 1910, Rotarians held their first convention in Chicago.  The 16 clubs that existed at that time united to form the National Association of Rotary Clubs.

In 1912, the name changed to International Association of Rotary Clubs to reflect the addition of clubs in other countries.  The name Rotary International was adopted in 1922.

By July 1925, Rotary had grown to more than 2,000 clubs and an estimated 108,000 members on six continents.  Rotary's reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers and a host of other luminaries to its ranks, among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, and composer Jean Sibelius.

As Rotary grew, members pooled their resources and used their talents to serve their communities.  The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.

Rotary at a Glance

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges.  Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Guilding Principles

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction.  They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

The 4 Way test of Rotary, provides us with guiding principals for conduct in our daily lives, be it personal, business or other.  Those principals are held up to inspection by these four tests.


  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to ALL concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Is it BENEFICIAL to ALL concerned?