About Rotary

Service Above Self

Princeton Corridor Rotary Club provides service in the local and
international communities.

Our Dictionary Project, for example, is designed to aid third grade teachers in their goal to see all their students leave at the end of the year as good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers.

Founded by Chicago lawyer Paul P. Harris, Rotary began as an idea in 1905. Today, the organization flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million members of over 34,000 Rotary Clubs located in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. They are joined together to provide service both in their local community and in the international community.

Rotarians, who have embraced the organization’s motto, “Service Above Self,” represent a cross section of all types of businesses, vocations and professions. The name “Rotary” came from the practice of the early clubs of “rotating” their meetings from business-to-business each week. Rotary’s gearwheel symbolizes the name and represents the “meshing” of Rotary with other organizations for useful purpose. Rotary works to bring together people of all races, faiths and political views.

Membership is based upon one representative for each business or profession to ensure a wide representation for community projects. Rotary International has had a special relationship with the United Nations for more than a half century.

Today, Rotary has consultative status with UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Health Organization and the UN Economic and Social Council. Rotary maintains representatives at UN headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna and with UNESCO in Paris. These representatives provide information to Rotary International on the relevant activities of the United Nations and its affiliated agencies. More information can be obtained about Rotary International by visiting their site on the Internet’s Worldwide Web at: http://www.rotary.org/.

Rotary is organized at club, district an d international levels to carry out its program of service around the globe. Rotarians are members of their clubs and the clubs are members of the global association known as Rotary International.

Clubs are grouped into Rotary districts, each led by a district governor who is an officer of Rotary International and represents the RI board of directors in the field.

The Princeton Corridor Rotary Club is part of District 7510, a group of clubs associated with Rotary International in central New Jersey. A nineteen-member board of directors, which includes the International President and President-Elect, administers Rotary International. While the Rotary International president is chief executive of the organization, the active managing officer is the General Secretary, who heads a staff of about 450 people working in nine centers around the world. The International Headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • First. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • Second. 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;
  • Third. The application of the ideal of service in every Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • Fourth. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings: Of the 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?