The fourth element of the Rotarian Code of Conduct is “Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.”


This one is pretty simple and needs little, if any, explanation or background. 


Most of us carry the Rotary “gear” on our vehicles, or wear Rotary-themed clothes (hats, in particular, are quite popular) with the Rotary “gear” in evidence. The world sees us a Rotarians, and judges all Rotarians, and our organization, by what they observe.  

Rotary standards are high standards, and deservedly so. We are strongly encouraged to live up to them. Antisocial or unruly behavior in any venue reflects poorly on all of us as Rotarians, and detracts from what we can accomplish. 


Each element of the Rotary Code of Conduct works together to help build both a better, more productive person as well as a more effective club and organization. :


“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."