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About Rotary

About Rotary

Rotary is an opportunity to build lifelong Friendships and experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to others. Rotarians leave the world a better place than how they found it.

An organization of business and professional leaders. Rotary provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace throughout the world.

The world's first service club, Rotary began with the formation of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 23 February 1905. The club was started by a young lawyer, Paul P. Harris, and three of his friends. He wished to recapture the friendly spirit he had felt among business people in the small town where he had grown up. Their weekly meetings "rotated" among their offices, providing the new service club with its name.

The Object 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:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service within our club and our communities; (Club Service)
  • Promotion of high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society; and the exposure of Youth to community programs and support; (Youth & Vocational Service)
  • The application of the ideal of Service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life; (Community Service)
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of Service. (World Community Service) RI Mission Statement

The mission of Rotary International is to support its member clubs in fulfilling the Objective of Rotary by:

  • Fostering unity among member clubs
  • Strengthening and expanding Rotary Clubs through out the world
  • Communicating the work of Rotary worldwide
  • Providing a system of international administration.
  • 4-Way Test

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is the 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president). This 24-word code of ethics was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

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?

 

 



ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT 2017-2018 -- Ian H. S. Risely

ROTARY CLUB OF SANDRINGHAM, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Ian H.S. Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations. His firm specializes in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.

Riseley has been a member of the boards of both a private and a public school, a member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and involved in Sea Scouts and sporting groups, as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organizations.

Riseley’s honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.

A Rotarian since 1978, Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.

He and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation. They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living. They have two children and four grandchildren.