About Rotary

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. Click here to find out more information about Rotary International.

The first Rotary Club meeting was held in Chicago, Illinois on February 23, 1905. It was founded by Paul Harris and it is called “Rotary” because initially the meetings were rotated between members. The reason they were rotated was because Paul Harris got tired of cleaning up after everyone each week.

The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.” In 1932 Rotarian Herbert Taylor created The Four Way Test as a code of ethics for his own company. The Four Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943.

Of the things we think, say, or do:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Membership in Rotary is by invitation. Individual Rotary Clubs invite individuals to join and become members. A primary goal of any club is to expand the club with committed members who have the interest and ability to get involved in service and humanitarian projects in their community.

The benefits of being a Rotarian are:
  • Becoming connected to the community
  • Working with others to effect change by addressing community needs
  • Developing relationships with community and business leaders
  • Gaining an understanding of, and having an impact on, international humanitarian issues
  • Establishing contacts with an international network of professionals
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Involving family in promoting service efforts
  • Being in an ethical environment

Rotary meetings are held locally each Thursday at 12:00 pm at the Community Campus at Wood River High School in Hailey and Tuesday at 12:00 pm at Rico’s Pizza & Pasta in Ketchum.

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