Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Jul 29, 2018

Rotarians recognize the importance of our governing principles, which have been developed over the years to provide us 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 Object of Rotary is the first of those principles, and the one we have been considering over the past few weeks.

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, 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 ideal of service - of taking action to improve conditions in the world - is at the very heart of being a Rotarian. The facets addressed by the first three objects of Rotary, namely acquaintance, high ethical standards, and the application of the ideal of service to our personal, business and community life are all key and essential elements that support the fourth, which is the advancement of world understanding, goodwill and peace through the fellowship of Rotarians united in the ideal of service. That’s what it all comes down to - taking action at the individual, Club and District level to reach for those ideals.

Rotary is a world fellowship of men and women united in taking action to achieve the ideal of service. Rotarians take action to achieve international understanding, goodwill and peace through our shared membership in Rotary International, through the lens of our six Areas of Focus, via a myriad of ways, large and small, to build and strengthen the bonds of understanding. Peace Fellowships, Scholarships, Grants, the Vocational Exchange program, the Rotary Exchange program for high school students, Rotary Alumni, our Annual Meeting (in Toronto this year, and Hamburg, Germany next year) even the custom of exchanging Club banners when Rotarians visit one another’s Clubs - if you think about it, you’ll see that practically everything we seek to accomplish as Rotarians strives towards that ideal - to increase world understanding, goodwill and peace.   

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.


 

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