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Rotary Code of Conduct
- Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities
- Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
- Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
- Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings
- Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
- Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
- Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary of fellow Rotarians
- Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in business or professional relationship
PolioPlus, the most ambitious program in Rotary's history, is the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. For more than 25 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.
- To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion.
- Rotary’s leadership, beginning in 1985, inspired the World Health Assembly to pass a resolution to eradicate polio, which paved the way for the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988.
- Thousands of Rotarians around the world have volunteered during National Immunization Days to immunize children.
- The PolioPlus program helps Rotary fund operational costs, such as transportation, vaccine delivery, social mobilization, and training of health workers, and support surveillance activities.Read more about what happens before, during, and after a National Immunization Day (NID).
- Rotarians work to encourage both donor and polio-affected governments to commit the political and financial resources needed to eradicate polio.
August - Membership and Extension
September - New Generations
October - Vocational Service
November - Rotary Foundation
December - Family Life
January- Rotary Understanding
February - World Understanding
March - Literacy
April - Rotary Magazine
June - Fellowship
Literacy is so important to Rotary International, that an entire month of the Rotary Year is devoted to focusing our attention on it. In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace. Through this organizational emphasis, more than half the world's 33,000 Rotary clubs address the full range of literacy and mathematical challenges for primary, vocational and adult learners as well as teacher training.
In 1911 an all-women's Rotary Club was formed in Minneapolis and between 1911 and 1917 an all women's Rotary Club existed in Duluth, Minnesota alongside the men's club, which exists to this day as an all woman Rotary Club. In 1912, the Belfast, Northern Ireland club and The RI Duluth Convention discussed the admission of women but rejected the idea. This was to happen at every convention until 1921, when at the International Convention in Edinburgh, Scotland the Standard Club Constitution was produced in which Article 2, Section III stated "A Rotary Club shall be comprised of men.
In 1972 as more women began reaching higher positions in their professions, along with the growth of the feminist movement, more clubs began lobbying for female members. A US Rotary club proposed admitting women into Rotary at the 1972 Council on Legislation and with three separate proposals in 1977, when a Brazilian club also proposes to admit women as honorary members.