The objective of Rotary is to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. Rotary is a service organization and since 1910, the Rotary Motto has been “Service above Self”.
Rotary strives to achieve its objective of “Service Above Self” through activities in four primary areas. Listed below, these are often referred to as the Four Avenues of Services.
International Service (Guatemala Water Project)
In this area Rotarians strive for advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the idea of service. These 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.
This area represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation as an opportunity to service society. Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.
This avenue relates to the activities that Rotarians understand 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 idea of service in their personal, business and community lives.
Paul Harris Fellow
Individuals who have contributed more than $1,000 to the Annual Program fund, Polio Plus or the Humanitarian Grants Program of Rotary International are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. There are over 1 million Paul Harris Fellows worldwide.