About Rotary

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 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 Four-Way Test

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.

This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four 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?

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and The Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation

Overview

The Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation

For more than 100 years, Rotary has been active in Calgary helping to make Calgary "A Better Community".

The Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation (CRCF) is a funding foundation, not a granting organization. The CRCF manages funds on behalf of the member clubs - it does not distribute directly to charities. The CRCF is managed by a board of directors which is comprised of members from each participating club. The board is responsible for ensuring that the pooled funds of the member clubs are invested safely with recognized money managers and that returns are maximized to provide sustainability for the fund in perpetuity. Funds are then distributed annually to the member clubs, which in turn are tasked to donate these returns to worthy charitable organizations. Calgary West has over $750,000 in the CRCF Foundation and at 5% this equates to $37,500 to be used for our projects. There are several ways you can contribute:

100% Participation

Our Jubilee year began with an announcement that our members were 100% Paul Harris Fellows. This was truly a great achievement. However, this goal was not an end unto itself, it's just the beginning. Our club has been a huge recipient of funds from both Foundations which has given us the opportunity to support projects in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, as well as many community projects. These foundations have allowed us to put a foot print on helping the people of the world. When you think about it, the Foundation has allowed us to bring to life our Jubilee theme: MY PASSION, MY MOMENTS, OUR ROTARY.

Let's reach a new goal of 100% participation in either the TRF or CRCF. This is what "Every Rotarian — Every Year" means.

reported by Mike Carlin in the November 6, 2017 Weekly Westerner bulletin