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Rotary Basics

The spirit of every Rotarian is reflected in guiding motto “Service Above Self”. Rotarians serve the communities all over the world on the basis of high ethical standards providing sustainable development and problem resolutions. In all their activities they are following the guiding principles of the organization.

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

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of each club activity.

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

 

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    koma 03  Rotary - community with great positive motivation і  and mission of doing good - everyday!!! koma 07

    Myroslava Novosilska
    Chair of ICC Ukraine-Israel, Rotary member since 2012
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    koma 03  Rotary for me during many years is the part of my life, which I really appreciate. Because it allows me to help others, do good deeds, constantly communicate with old friends and make new, significantly increase my positive impact on the world and the people around me.  koma 07

    Serhii Zavadskyi
    Governor-elect D2232, Rotarian since 2000
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    koma 03  For me, Rotary is a willingness to give themselves, their time, effort, and money to serve the people, for the sake of hope in the eyes of the victims, the smile of a sick child, improvement the lives of people around you. This, together with Rotary international fellowship, allows you to do the impossible and fills your life with special meaning.  koma 07

    Oleksiy Kozhenkin
    District Governor D-2230 2014-2015, Rotarian since 1992
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    koma 03  When joining Rotary, you think it will be the social component of your life, besides family, work, hobbies, etc. But over time you begin realize that Rotary is a way of life in which all your life choices are made according to the Four Way Test. Four simple questions...but how they change your life!  koma 07

    Mykola Steblyanko
    Rotary e-Club of Ukraine First President, Rotarian since 2006
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    koma 03  The mission of life embodied in actions – that's what Rotary movement means for me. Fellowship at the level of the intellect and the soul. Common living space of people united by the same Spirit! Creativity, embodied in the men’s work !  koma 07

    Olga Zmiivska
    Head of ICC Ukraine-Belgium, Rotarian since 2006
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