Rotary International

Rotary International 300What is Rotary?

Rotary is a worldwide organisation of business and professional people united to provide humanitarian service, build goodwill and peace in the world, and promote high ethical standards.

Rotary was founded in Chicago, USA, in 1905 by Paul Harris and 3 friends and there are now around 1.2 million members, spread across 163 countries.

The motto of Rotary is service above self, so service is what Rotary is all about.

Rotary’s focus is to promote:

  • Professionals and businesses upholding high ethical standards, and valuing occupations as a way to serve society.
  • Serving as an ongoing activity in a Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.
  • Working towards international peace, goodwill and understanding through being part of a worldwide fellowship of people committed to service.

The Rotary 4-Way Test

The famous Four Way Test was adopted by Rotary International in 1942 and continues to guide Rotarians in their actions and interactions with others. They are 4 basic principles to guide us in 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?

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Service and Fellowship

The Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’  conveys the humanitarian spirit of Rotary’s 1.2+ million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians along with meaningful community and international service projects characterise Rotary worldwide.

Rotary International President 2016/2017 – John F. Germ

Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Germ-John-sml-cJohn F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.

He was Tennessee Young Man of the Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year, 1986; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, 1992; and Tennessee Community Organizations Volunteer of the Year, 2009. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope Award. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.

Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI president’s aide, Council on Legislation representative and chair, membership zone coordinator, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

Germ has received RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation. They have four children and six grandchildren.

T1617_EN_0RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”

Download the 2016-17 theme brochure