The second element of the Rotarian Code of Conduct is “As a Rotarian, I will deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.” 

 

Rotarians strive to live up to our Code of Conduct at all times. It’s often tough to do, especially in these fractious times, but we know, in order to work together as people of action - people who make good things happen - we must deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.  

Dealing fairly and treating everyone and their occupations with respect is crucial to our accomplishing good things in our communities. Doing so strengthens the bonds of trust and community.  Rotarians, frankly, though usually fully aware of political issues, ignore politics at the local through the national levels - we know that in order to accomplish lasting change, we must work together with people from a wide variety of political persuasions, races, sex, creeds and religious beliefs.  

 

   > Fairness is characterized by impartiality and honesty that is free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism, in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating. "Is it fair to all concerned" is a key part of the Rotary Four-Way Test.

 

   > Respect. Of course, it is people that matter, and Rotarians know that all legal occupations deserve respect. The plumber is just as important as the doctor to Rotarians, and Rotarians know that it is what you can contribute to the betterment of society that is important, not “who you are”.     

 

Consistently treating others with fairness and respect goes a very long way towards creating the conditions that allow us to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. 

 

The Rotarian Code of Conduct: 

 

As a Rotarian, I will:

1.  Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life;

2.  Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect;

3.   Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with  special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world;

4.  Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.

5.  Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities; report any suspected harassment; and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment.

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