Rotary International pin

Rotary International pin

At the invitation of a man I hugely respect, Dr. Ernest Charlesworth, I applied for membership in the San Angelo Southwest Rotary Club. I enjoyed the meetings and the people. In fact, Dr. Carlson (also no longer a member) recognized on day I was in distress and took me to Shannon Clinic. I was diagnosed with acute appendicitis, and quickly found myself in surgery. I will always respect him immensely for helping me out.

When the 2008 financial crisis hit I had to cut back everything. I was in straits! Rotary was one that had to go. I still have high regard for Rotary. I learned about it first when I was in high school and we were given plastic signs about the Four Way Test.

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.

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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