Noon Rotary, Lake Placid

Worldwide, Rotary Clubs are meeting and doing good. There's nothing special about our individual members - they're local business and professional people, just like you. We believe that ethics are still an important part of our lives. We try to be the best we can be in our personal and professional lives. We are committed to helping others. And we support international goodwill and understanding. What makes us special is how we unite to pitch in and help in our communities. Rotary makes that possible.

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You'll find the influence of Rotary clubs throughout the world, as we support worthwhile local, national and international projects. Here in Lake Placid, we're proud to point to our accomplishments on the Projects page. Multiply that by 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide and you'll see what a difference we make together.

Consider joining our Rotary Club (or one in your hometown) - be a part of the world's first service organization. If you're not interested in joining at this time, be sure to support Rotary projects by attending events and taking part in fund raising. Your support makes it possible for us to continue with our projects.

Below, you'll find more about Rotary, courtesy of Rotary International.

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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.

Avenues of Service

Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on 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 recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.

The 4 Way Test

imageThe test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Mission

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

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.

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End Polio Now

One of the largest Rotary projects, the End Polio Now program is close to a successful finish. After 20 years, it is now possible to see the end of polio thanks to the immunization efforts of Rotarians worldwide. Some donated funds, some actually administer the oral vaccine to children. With help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we're "This Close" to erradicating this crippling disease. Click on the images to enlarge.
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Only a Dollar

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It only takes a dollar to buy a dose of the polio vaccine for a child. Each child requires 4 doses to be completely protected. Twenty five years ago, more than 400,000 children were crippled or killed by polio every year. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$900 million to the polio eradication effort.