About Rotary International

Important Rotary Websites:

Northern CA Rotary District 5160
& Rotary International 

Definition of Rotary

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide,who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

      • Rotary is the world’s first service club. The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 23 February 1905.
      • Rotary is some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belonging to more than 28,000 Rotary Clubs in virtually every nation of the world.
      • Rotarians meet weekly for fellowship and interesting and informative programs dealing with topics of local and global importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-section of community representation.
      • Rotarians plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch people’s lives in their local communities and our world community.
      • Rotary is The Rotary Foundation, which each year provides some US$90 million for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and humanitarian projects large and small that improve the quality of life for millions of people. Rotary is widely regarded as the world’s largest private provider of international educational scholarships.
      • Rotary is PolioPlus, Rotary’s commitment to work with national and international health organizations on the goal of polio eradication by the year 2005, Rotary’s 100th anniversary. More than one billion children in developing nations have been immunized against polio through PolioPlus grants.


Goals of Rotary


1st. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.

2nd. 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.

3rd. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.

4th. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four Way Test

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 officially adopted The Four-Way Test in 1943; Rotarians subscribe to it to promote high ethical standards in their professional lives.

How to Join Rotary

Membership is extremely important to us and we are happy to hear from individuals who are interested in our mission and in joining a Rotary club. Rotary International is an association of individual clubs with each club operating autonomously.

Our universal premise is that the membership of each club constitutes an accurate reflection or representation of the business and professional population within the community served. Membership in a Rotary club requires available business or professional classification opportunities, as well as an invitation and sponsorship by a member of the club. Thus, sometimes an individual cannot be invited or sponsored for membership if their business classification is filled.

For more information about membership, please contact:

Membership Director Jack Freethy at 925-283-6419