What is Rotary?
Rotary is short for Rotary International, which is an international service organization. The stated purpose of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professsional, and community leaders. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal 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 Rotarians' 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 idea of service.