WHAT IS ROTARY?
WHAT IS ROTARY?
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who volunteer in their
communities and promote world understanding and peace. Founded in 1905 as the world’s first
volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Rotary’s 31,000 clubs in
more than 168 countries and regions have approximately 1.2 million members that encourage high
ethical standards in all vocations and carry out humanitarian projects to address such topics as poverty,
health, hunger, education, and the environment.
Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional
women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly for fellowship and to discuss local and global topics.
Clubs are nonreligious, nongovernmental, and open to every race, culture, and creed. Club membership
is by invitation only and subject to approval by the current members.
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:
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
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business; and
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a
world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
FOUR AVENUES OF SERVICE
Based on the Object of Rotary, the Four Avenues of Service are Rotary’s Philosophical cornerstone and
the foundation on which club activity is based:
Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning
of the club.
Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to
practice high ethical standards.
Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life
in its community.
International Service encompasses actions take to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach
around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
THE FOUR-WAY TEST
Created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor and adopted by Rotary in 1943, this 24-word test is one of
the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics. It asks the following four questions:
“Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”
Rotary is organized at club, district, and international levels to carry out its program of service.
Rotarians are members of their clubs and the clubs are members of the global association known as
Rotary International. Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the
framework of the standard constitution and bylaws of Rotary International.
Clubs are grouped into 529 Rotary districts, each led by a district governor who is an office of Rotary
International. A 19-member board of directors, which includes the international president and president-
elect, administers Rotary International. These officers, as well as the district governors, are elected at
the annual RI convention, a worldwide meeting of all of the clubs. The headquarters of Rotary
International is in Evanston, Illinois.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world
understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural
exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its
vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 billion in humanitarian
and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.
RI PROGRAMS RI FOUNDATION PROGRAMS
Interact (service org. for ages 14-18) HUMANITARIAN GRANTS PROGRAM:
Rotaract (service org. for ages 18 –30) District Simplified Grants
Rotary Community Corps Individual Grants
Rotary Fellowships Matching Grants
Rotary Friendship Exchange Blane Community Immunization Grants
Rotary Youth Exchange EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Ambassadorial Scholarships
World Community Service Rotary World Peace Scholarships
Group Study Exchange
Rotary Grants for University Teachers
PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program. All Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global
eradication of polio. Rotary club members have contributed in excess of $600 million dollars and
countless volunteer hours to help immunize over two billion children against polio.
To learn even more about Rotary International and its activities, please visit www.rotary.org .
WHY JOIN YOUR LOCAL ROTARY CLUB?
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE
Rotarians provide service at both the community and international levels. Service programs address
health-care needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, disaster relief, and environmental cleanups, to name a
few. Members experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.
A founding principle of Rotary was to provide a forum for professional and business leaders. Members
are leaders in business, industry, the professions, the arts, government, sports, the military, and religion.
They make decisions and influence policy. Rotary is the oldest, most prestigious service club in the
PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development. Leadership, public
speaking and communication, organization and planning, team building, fundraising, and teaching are
just a sampling of the skills that can be exercised and enhanced through Rotary.
Fellowship was a primary reason Rotary was started in 1905, and it remains a major attraction. Today,
with more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in over 168 countries, Rotarians have friends wherever they go.
Rotary helps to build community as well as enduring friendships.
Rotary International is an association of local clubs in many countries. Clubs are open to members of
every ethnic group, political persuasion, language, and religious belief. Rotary clubs contain a cross-
section of the world’s leaders. They practice and promote tolerance.
Membership in Rotary makes one a better citizen. Weekly Rotary club programs keep members
informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and the world. Rotary’s expansive
network of clubs and programs provides extensive opportunities for service and interchange.
Rotary members gain an understanding of humanitarian issues and have a significant impact on them
through international service projects and exchange programs of RI and its Foundation. The promotion
of peace is one of Rotary’s highest objectives.
Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and activities that offer diversion from one’s personal and
business life. Conferences, conventions, assemblies, and social events provide entertainment as well as
Rotary information, education and service. Rotarians believe that if you aren’t having fun, you aren’t
doing it right.
“The Rotary pin on your lapel is a passport to new friendships
and opportunities.” Edilberto Uichanco, Phillipines
WHAT DOES THE CARLINVILLE ROTARY CLUB DO?
Carlinville Rotarians meet each Thursday at noon for a meal, fellowship, and fun. Weekly programs
provide members interesting and informative insight into each other’s work, community activities, and
the world at large. Members present the programs themselves or invite guest speakers. Because the
subject matter is unlimited, members and guests enjoy a great diversity of presentations. The programs
may be educational or entertaining, serious or light-hearted, amateur or professional, or all of the above.
Spouses and significant others are often included in club activities and are always invited to social
gatherings. The fall picnic at Lake Rinaker featuring barbecued chicken is a long-standing tradition of
the Carlinville Club. The last several years, the Carlinville Lions and the Carlinville Rotary Club have
alternated hosting a joint Christmas dinner. Some other social activities Rotary families have enjoyed
over the last few years include golf outings and trips to Cards/Cubs games.
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ON THE CITY SQUARE
The Carlinville City Square is recognized as one of the most attractive in the area. Each November
since 1938 Rotary members have decorated the park in the center of the square, as well as the streets
leading to the square, prior to the annual lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving. After the season ends,
they remove, store, and maintain the decorations.
The Halloween Parade has been a cherished tradition in Carlinville since 1939. The Carlinville Rotary
Club organizes and sponsors this enjoyable event for young and old, participants and spectators.
Crowds line the route down North Broad from the Carlinville Plaza to the City Square to view the
colorful costumes, area marching bands and a variety of floats. Rotary presents awards to the best
bands, individual and group costumes, and several categories of floats (e.g.; high school, commercial,
religious organizations, health-care groups).
The Rotary Queen and Court is a special honor for high school students selected by their own student
body. In addition to being featured in the parade, the Queen and her court are recognized in a ceremony
immediately following the parade.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Each summer, Rotary hosts an Ice Cream Social on the City Square. In addition to the cakes provided
by members and the hand-dipped ice cream, families and friends gather for a concert by the Carlinville
Municipal Band performing in the gazebo. Even though Rotary sells tickets to help defray related
expenses, this is truly a community event, enjoyed by Rotarians and participants alike.
MID-ILLINOIS ALL-STAR BASKETBALL GAME
For the last several years, our club has been the proud sponsor of this annual event to recognize
outstanding senior basketball players from throughout Mid-Illinois. Held in the spring following the
completion of the IHSA tournaments, boys and girls each have their own championship game as well as
slam dunk and three-point shooting competitions. Sales of advertising in the event programs has
become a major fundraiser for our club.
STUDENT HONORS LUNCHEON
Each spring, Rotary hosts an annual lunch for top seniors at Carlinville High School and Blackburn
College. Ten students from each institution are selected by the schools’ staff for recognition of their
adherence to Rotary’s ideals of strong work ethic and community service. After the students share a
meal and fellowship with members, school administrators present background information on each
student to the club.
YOUTH MERIT AWARDS
The Carlinville Rotary Club presents awards at a club assembly to a male and female graduate of
Carlinville High School who have excelled in school activities, community service, and personal
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE
Over the years, the club has sponsored, and numerous local Rotarians have served as host families, for
Rotary Foreign Exchange Students while they are attending Carlinville High School. The club has also
sponsored local students studying abroad. This program provides the Rotary Club, the host families, the
high school student body, and the community with a better understanding of foreign cultures and warm,
lasting relationship with these young ambassadors.
Both as a club and as individuals, members of the Carlinville Rotary Club are active supporters of the
Rotary Foundation and its international projects. Through direct contributions and voluntary payment of
fines assessed by the sergeant-at-arms at weekly meetings, members help fund the Foundations grants to
service projects sponsored by Rotary districts and clubs throughout the world.
Rotarians volunteer one evening each summer to direct the parking of cars at the Macoupin County Fair.
They offer the same service to the Fourth of July celebration at the fairgrounds. The club supports
Blackburn’s Macoupin County Scholarship Fund, Macoupin County 4-H Federation, Macoupin County
Center for the Developmentally Disabled, and Carlinville youth sports with contributions of time and
money. The membership continually assesses how the club can best serve the needs of our local and
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