The vision of the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is that, together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. 

 

Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

It is beyond question that the nation is undergoing an extremely stressful time. Yet, Rotarians know that we have faced extremely stressful times before - the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, the riots of the late 60’s, the 2008 economic recession, and many more. 

Rotarians use our Guiding Principles to provide stability at all times to our personal and professional conduct. Chief among these Principles is 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. It focuses on the individual Rotarian’s conduct and ethics, not on how others should behave. 

The Four-Way Test: 

“Of the things we think, say or do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

It is essential that we keep open the lines of communication and support, now more than ever. In our Club, we create the conditions for working together by doing our level best to observe the Four-Way Test. We believe it is incumbent upon each member to rigorously observe the tenets of the Four-Way Test as individuals, because to do so benefits not only ourselves as Rotarians but our Club and our communities as a whole. 

As Rotarians, we observe the policies of Rotary International, including and especially those which state that, inter alia, clubs shall neither adopt nor circulate resolutions or opinions and shall not take action dealing with world affairs or international policies of a political nature. Nor do we direct appeals to clubs, peoples, or governments, or circulate letters, speeches, or proposed plans for the solution of specific international problems of a political nature. Within our Club, we do not involve ourselves in political issues nor support candidates, campaigns or political appeals of any kind or at any level. We are open to taking action to become informed about nearly any topic that bears on our vision and mission.

Moreover, we strongly discourage political expression within the boundaries of the Club, believing it to be divisive and injurious to the Club’s vision and mission.   

In so doing, by keeping the lines of respectful communication open between people diverse in background yet united in service above self to our communities, we believe that we can continue to find common ground to work together for the betterment of our communities, both locally and globally.  

The Guiding Principles 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 is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. 

“Of the things we think, say or do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

 

The Avenues of Service channel our commitment to service at home and abroad, and are the foundation of 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.

Rotary International

The Rotary Foundation

Rotary District 5020

The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County