About Rotary International and the Henderson Rotary Club
Rotary International is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture, and creed.
As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution. There are 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
PolioPlus is currently Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$850 million dollars and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bill Gates Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Henderson
The Roary Club of Henderson was founded in May, 1952. We are celebrating our 65th anniversary this year and still growing! The club was founded by plant managers and business men who came to Henderson during the war. They met downtown at the Eldorado Club owned by Sam Boyd. We meet the 1st & 3rd Tuesday at noon at the Wells Fargo/HBRC building at 112 S. Water St. in the conference room. Please feel free to drop in and join us. We have a guest speaker each week and we provide lunch. We are always looking for new members who want to share the experience of a unique, family-friendly, Rotary driven club.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
The Objective of Rotary is 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 service;
- 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;
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Avenues of Service
Based on the Objectives of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:
- Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
- Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
- Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
- International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
- New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.
The Four-Way Test
The Four Way Test is one of the hallmarks of Rotary. Developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor; who later became RI president, it has never ceased to be relevant. Its four brief questions are not based on culture or religion. Instead, they are a simple checklist of ethical behavior. They transcend generations and national borders. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions of the things Rotarians 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?
Diversity and Rotary
Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.
Dianna Fyke, Secretary and Past President