The first element of the Rotarian Code of Conduct is “As a Rotarian, I will act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life.”

Integrity simply means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness, and honesty. And, of course, ethical standards refers to the moral principles that govern a person's behavior or activity. 


Rotarians recognize that our ethos calls us to daily strive to meet the standards of integrity and ethical standards to which we hold ourselves. While our members are, quite often, community leaders in every sense of the word, it behooves all of us, whether leaders, members or “just plain Rotarians”, to act at all times with integrity and within commonly accepted ethical standards and to work together to uphold that standard in our personal and professional lives as well as within our Clubs.