Club Officers 2015-2016
|President – Kate Campbell||President Elect – Jim Peters|
|Vice President – Fred Atchison||Secretary – Shelly McColmb|
|Treasurer – Sam Bhatka|
|Program Coordinator – Scott Wagner||Past President – Tobin Neis|
What is Rotary?
Rotary was born in 1905, the idea of an attorney Paul Harris, who along with four of his business friends founded the first Rotary Club. Harris’ idea was that business leader’s should meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and to enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances. The name “Rotary” derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among member’s offices. As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the professional and social interests of Club members. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in it’s principal motto: “Service Above Self.”
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?
For the 2015-2016 Rotary year Sri Lankan RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran chose “Be a gift to the world” as his Presidential theme.
“All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become — and Be a Gift to the World,” said Ravindran.