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 Four Avenues of 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.
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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. Includes the various Literacy projects and the Fpur Way Speech Competition
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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.
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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.
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New Generations ( Youth Services)
This Avenue of Services was created by transferring all the youth based activities from the Vocational Service Avenue thus enabling Clubs to focus on the Future of Rorary. Interact Clubs; Rotaract Clubs; Next Generations Conferences; Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Advanced RYLA; and Youth Exchange both inbound and outbound. for mor information log into the Rotary District 7980 website www.rotary7980.org
The Rotary Foundation
Considered to be the sixth 'Unofficial" Avenue of Service, The Rotary Foundation funds many of the projects carried out by clubs across the world. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.These are encompassed in the Six Areas of Focus: 'Peace and Conflict Resolution', 'Disease prevention and treatment'; 'Water and Sanitation';'Maternal and child health';'Basic education and literacy'; and 'Economic and Community Development'. - Through the Future Vision Plan the Rotary Foundation has established a model to support district and ckub humanitarian and educational projects.
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Information on this page was 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.