About Rotary

Rotary Theme 2023-24


RI President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing.

He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realize these values.

Watch Gordon’s full address here


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 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.

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.

Avenues of Service

Based on the Object of Rotary, the “avenues of service” is Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation upon 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.

New Generations Service: recognises the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

The Four-Way Test

In 1934 Rotary International adopted the Four-Way Test which remains an essential standard against which Rotarians measure ethical behavior. It is also something you note when you meet other Rotarians in New Zealand and anywhere in the world.

Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



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.