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Ethics

The Object of Rotary

To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular to encourage and foster:

  1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
  2. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his or her occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  3. The application of the ideal service by every Rotarian to his or her personal, business and community life.
  4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

Followed by Rotarians worldwide in their business and professional lives, the Four-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J Taylor in 1932 (pictured). It has since been translated into more than 100 languages.

  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?

Simple but effective, it is not necessarily an examination but rather a purely subjective form of self-analysis.

Events

September 30, 2024
“I am a member of Shaftesbury Rotary for fun and friendship while at the same time feeling I am doing something worthwhile for our community.”
Rotary Member
“My family business moved from London to Shaftesbury and Rotary was the ideal connection to enable my wife and me to become part of the community.”
Rotary Member
“I did like the openness of how Rotary works, nothing secretive, and the information was clear and positive with no hidden surprises.”
Rotary Member
“The rotary club provides a unique and fun way to do good for your local community and also raises money for major charities.”
Rotary Member
“I particularly warmed to the understanding that Rotarians recognised the priority of family, business and then Rotary in that order”
Rotary Member
“This was a unique opportunity in a small town to join a worldwide club and enjoy the company of Rotarians from so many different backgrounds”
Rotary Member
New Phillip