About Rotary


Rotary is a service organization whose motto is “Service Above Self.” Our members are business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve our community – and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.

Why Join Rotary?

  1. Here at Home – We value our community and prioritize serving here at home to improve life for those closest to us.
  2. Professional Networking – Our members represent a cross-section of the community’s leaders and professionals. Rotary provides the opportunity to connect with other professionals and build business relationships.
  3. Service Opportunities – With Rotary, it’s easy to be active and make a difference. Our members get involved in our community! Rotary provides the opportunity to experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to your community.
  4. Friendship – Founded on the ideals of camaraderie and fellowship, Rotary leads to lasting friendships. Whether on a project or at a social gathering, we have a great time together!
  5. Personal Growth – Rotary provides the opportunity to learn about what’s going on in the community and around the world. Membership makes one a better citizen.
  6. Fun – Our members know how to unwind and have fun. We work hard and we play hard.

Rotary International
What would it take to change the world? Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.
In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you’ll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio. Explore the Rotary International website to learn more about Rotary and how you can join your local Rotary club.

District 5100
District 5100 encompasses the northern third of the state of Oregon and the very southwestern part of the state of Washington. The 4,000 Rotarians in our district are proud of our many service projects both in our communities and around the world. We welcome you to not only visit one of our 75 clubs or 5 Rotaract clubs, but also to have the opportunity to introduce you to the many educational, cultural and recreational opportunities available here.

The Four Way Test

The 4-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word code of ethics for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.

Information on this page came from: The The 4-Way Test page on the Rotary International web site.

The 5 Avenues of Service

The Object of Rotary is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.”  Rotary is a service organization.  Since 1910, the Rotary Motto has been “Service Above Self.”

Rotary strives to achieve it´s objective of “Service Above Self” through activities in four primary areas.  These are often referred to as the Five Avenues of Service.

Club Service This “Avenue” promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.  It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals.

Vocational Service This area represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one´s vocation as an opportunity to serve society.  Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.

Community Service This “avenue” relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community.  Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance.  Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.

International Service In this area, Rotarians strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.  International Service Projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands, with particular emphasis on the most underprivileged children and families in developing countries.

New Generations The Avenue of New Generations recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

Information on this page came from the following sources: The Object of Rotary page on the Rotary International web site
The ABCs of Rotary by Clifford L. Dochterman, published by Rotary International.