So What is 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 each 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.

    Avenues of Service

    Based on the Object 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.

The Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

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?

Mission

The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

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.

Moving toward the future

Rotary International has developed  a strategic plan to guide the organization as it entered its second century of service.   There are seven priorities identified:

  • Eradicate polio.
  • Advance the internal and external recognition and public image of Rotary.
  • Increase Rotary’s capacity to provide service to others.
  • Expand membership globally in both numbers and quality.
  • Emphasize Rotary’s unique vocational service commitment.
  • Optimize the use and development of leadership talents within RI.
  • Fully implement the strategic planning process to ensure continuity and consistency throughout the organization.

About Our Club

The Rotary Club of  Palm Springs has been in existence for 72 years and continues to thrive today.   Our club includes some of  Palm Springs  finest men and woman and we would be delighted to have you join us for lunch.

Meeting Information

Every Wednesday @ Noon (12:00 p.m.)

The Spa Hotel
Palm Springs,  California

Palm Springs — Engage Rotary

Today the Rotary Club of Palm Springs held its first meeting of the new Rotary year.   Yesterday we had the first meeting of the new Board of  Directors.   I am honored to be the President Elect (2014-2015).   The past year on the Board of Directors was great.  I learned a lot about teamwork, communication, and being committed.

I am a Rotarian!   I believe in Service Above Self.    I look back on the last year and I am really pleased with my experiences.   I went to the Rotary Leadership Institute for two sessions, the District Assembly and the District Conference.   I met many new people and relationships with others grew this past year.

Rotary’s international theme for the year is “Engage Rotarians to change lives”.    It means each Rotarian and the Palm Springs Rotary Club must reach out more to the community and make the Club more available for service, fellowship and friendship.

Methods will  include existing projects of providing dictionaries and thesauruses to elementary students, providing high school students with college scholarships and hosting the Angel View Prom.  We can change people’s lives.

I really like the theme this year.   It is really going to be a great year.

At our meeting today I presented the Club Administration and Programs information.  It has been fun to schedule a variety of speakers.  The programs are diverse and some interesting and informative programs are planned.  It is going to be a a great year in Rotary service.