The Four Way Test
dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, the 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.
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?
Rotary's most ambitious undertaking, announced in 1985, is the Polio Plus program a massive campaign to eradicate polio by the year 2005. Conducted with the cooperation of national governments and intergovernmental agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Polio collaboration in the fight against disease. Polio Plus helps support national and regional polio eradication programs by providing vaccine, surveillance support and social mobilization, by the year 2005 the target date for certification of a polio-free-world Rotarian contributions to the global polio eradication effort will reach a half billion US dollars.
First admitted in 1987, women are today the fastest growing segment of Rotary membership and increasingly hold leadership positions within the organization. Nearly 2,000 women serve as club presidents and woman are also rapidly assuming regional leadership roles. Currently, some 1.2 million professional men and women belong to more than 34,000 clubs worldwide.
Rotary continues to grow internationally. After the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Rotary clubs which had been disbanded during world War II were re-stablished in central and eastern Europe. In 1990, Rotary clubs were formed in Russia for the first time and other former Soviet republics soon followed. Kyrgyzstan, once a part of the Soviet Union, is a recent addition.
Today, Rotary International encourages its clubs to focus on a broad spectrum of service activities such as hunger, drug abuse prevention, polio eradication, youth, the elderly and AIDS awareness and education. Rotary clubs around the world are united under the motto Service above Self.