What Is Rotary?
Rotary is a worldwide organization of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. With 1.3 million members in over 200 countries and geographical areas, the work of Rotary’s 34,000 Clubs impacts countless lives at local, national, and international levels. Rotary Clubs are nonpolitical, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
Rotary members represent a cross-section of a community’s business and professional men and women. All Rotarians are committed to the Club’s motto – Service Above Self. 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 a network of acquaintances who, working together, foster opportunities 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.
The cornerstone of the Club’s activities is the Rotary Four Way Test:
”In all the things we say or do:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED?
- Will it build GOOD WILL AND BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL TO ALL CONCERNED?”
ROTARY CLUB OF BAINBRIDGE ISLAND
The first meeting of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island was held on July 1, 1947, and the Club was Chartered on October 8, 1947. The first Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale was held in 1960 to buy land for the Bainbridge Island Public Library.
Since then, the over $8,600,000 raised by the Auction & Rummage Sale has been used to fund: Community Grants to non-profit organizations; large scale community projects; community service and vocational scholarships for high school students; international humanitarian projects; and other worthy causes. For more information on these activities CLICK HERE.
Membership in the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island is by invitation. If you are interested in being considered, please let a Rotarian know. If you are interested in more information about our Club, please visit our website at www.bainbridgeislandrotary.org and/or our booth located in the Woodward Middle School Cafeteria/Commons area during the Auction & Rummage Sale.