The Meaning of Rotary

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The Ideals that Make Rotary a Special Organization

Rotary Clubs were established in 1905 as the world's first service club, and continue today as a shining example of how diverse peoples of all faiths and cultures can come together around the ideals of the Four Way Test

  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? 

The Four Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages and serve to guide all that Rotarians think, say, and do.

Rotary Clubs function within the Rotary International organization that is represented by more than 32,000 local clubs in more than 200 countries, with 1.2 million members and counting. 
The Rotary Club of Chester-Long Valley is part of
Rotary District 7470which covers the counties of Morris, Sussex, Warren, Essex, and Somerset.

Mission Statement

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

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 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.

Avenues of Service

Rotary Clubs are service clubs. The members purpose themselves to contribute back to their world. Based on the Object of Rotary, the 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 taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.

  • New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.