The Rotary Club
- Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and
professional leaders that provides humanitarian service,
encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and
helps build goodwill and peace in the world.
Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than
35,000+ Rotary clubs located in nearly 200 countries. Rotary
International was organized in Chicago, Illinois on
February 23, 1905.
- The Alton Rotary Club was organized on March 1, 1921
and became the Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club in the 1970's.
Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the
community's business and professional men and women. The
world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical,
nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and
creeds. The Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club meets every Monday
evening at 6:00 p.m. Check our Program Schedule page for the location and program.
- The main objective of Rotary is service - in the
community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
Rotarians develop community service projects that address
many of today's most critical issues, such as children at
risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy,
and violence. They also support programs for youth,
educational opportunities and international exchanges for
students, teachers, and other professionals, and
vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is
Service Above Self.
The Rotary Four Way Test
- Of the things we think, say or
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all
The Object of Rotary
- 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
- High ethical standards in business and professions;
the recognition of the worthiness of all useful
occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of
his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve
- The application of the ideal of service by every
Rotarian to his/her personal, business and community
- The advancement of international understanding, good
will, and peace through a world fellowship of business
and professional men & women united in the ideal of
- Making the acquaintance of people you ought to
- Genuine, wholesome good fellowship.
- Developing true and helpful friends.
- Enlightenment as to other people's work, problems and
- Education in methods that increase efficiency.
- Stimulation of your desire to be of service to
society in general.
- Business returns that come from enlarging your
acquaintance and inspiring confidence in you and your
- To attend meetings regularly.
- To pay your dues promptly.
- To do your part when called upon.
- To be a big-hearted, broad-minded person - a person
of energy and action - a real person - a Rotarian.
Rotary Code of Ethics
- My business standards shall have in them a note of
sympathy for our common humanity. My business dealings,
ambitions and relations shall always cause me to take
into consideration my highest duties as a member of
society. In every position in business life, in every
responsibility that comes before me, my chief thought
shall be to fill that responsibility and discharge that
duty so when I have ended each of them, I shall have
lifted the level of human ideals and achievements a
little higher than I found it. In view of this, it is my
duty as a Rotarian-
- (1) To consider any vocation worthy and as affording
me distinct opportunity to serve society.
- (2) To improve myself, increase my efficiency and
enlarge my service, and by doing so attest my faith in
the fundamental principle of Rotary, that he/she profits
most who serves the best.
- (3) To realize that I am a business person and
ambitious to succeed; but that I am first an ethical
person and wish no success that is not founded on the
highest justice and morality.
- (4) To hold that the exchange of my goods, my service
and my ideas for profit is legitimate and ethical,
provided that all parties in the exchange are benefited
- (5) To use my best endeavors to elevate the standards
of the vocation in which I am engaged, and so to conduct
my affairs that others in my vocation may find it wise,
profitable and conducive to happiness to emulate my
- (6) To conduct my business in such a manner that I
may give a perfect service equal to or even better than
my competitor, and when in doubt to give added service
beyond the strict measure of debt or obligation.
- (7) To understand that one of the greatest assets of
a professional or of a business person is his/her friends
and that any advantage gained by reason of friendship is
eminently ethical and proper.
- (8) To hold that true friends demand nothing of one
another and that any abuse of the confidence of
friendship for profit is foreign to the spirit of Rotary,
and in violation of its Code of Ethics.
- (9) To consider no personal success legitimate or
ethical which is secured by taking unfair advantage of
certain opportunities in the social order that are
absolutely denied others, nor will I take advantage of
opportunities to achieve material success that others
will not take because of the questionable morality
- (10) To be not more obligated to a fellow Rotarian
than I am to every other person in human society; because
the genius of Rotary is not in its competition, but in
its cooperation; for provincialism can never have a place
in an institution like Rotary, and Rotarians assert that
Human Rights are not confined to Rotary Clubs, but are as
deep and as broad as the race itself; and for these high
purposes does Rotary exist to educate all people and all
- (11) Finally, believing in the universality of the
Golden Rule, all things whatsoever ye would that men
should do unto you, do ye even so unto them, we contend
that Society best holds together when equal opportunity
is accorded all persons in the natural resources of this