The Rotary Club of Colborne

“Service Above Self”

What is Rotary?

Rotary is an opportunity to build lifelong friendships and experience the personal fulfillment of providing volunteer service to the community at large.

It is an organization of business and professional men and women. Rotary provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and builds goodwill and peace in the world.

The world's first service club began with the formation of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, on February 23 rd, 1905. Rotary came to Winnipeg, Canada in 1910. A young lawyer named Paul Harris and three of his friends started rotary. They wished to recapture the friendly spirit they had felt among the business people in the small towns in which they had lived. Their weekly meetings “rotated” between their places of business thus providing the new service club with its name.

Today, Rotary flourishes with some 31,561 Clubs and over 1.2 million women and men members, in 166 countries providing community service in virtually every nation in the world.

The 4-Way Test

The 4-Way Test is a simple but profound statement of things we think, say and do:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all?

 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 worthiness of all useful occupations, and 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 of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Avenues of Service

  1. Club Service: Providing service to the Rotary Club to enable it to run efficiently in the spirit of fellowship.
  2. Vocational Service: This avenue helps with High Standards of assisting local students with workshops to provide career awareness and the promotion of business ethics.
  3. Community Service: Identifying needs in the Rotary Club's community and addressing these needs with service projects.
  4. International Service: This area includes a wide range of programs and activities directed towards improving relationships outside Canada and aiding students and adults in overseas exchange programs.
  5. New Generations: New Generations Avenue of Service acknowledges the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. Programs include RYLA, Rotaract, Interact, Early Act, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

Colborne Rotary Needs People Like You!

We need your skills, talent, knowledge and expertise to make our club more successful. There is a fundraising side to the club and a spirit of teamwork and fellowship, but there is absolutely no political or religious element. We have a broad spectrum of ages and professional expertise. Everyone is welcome! Why not join us as our guest, at a regular dinner meeting to discover more about Rotary!

Where and When?

For further information on meeting times, special events and Rotary membership, please visit The Rotary Club of Colborne website.