Rotary is 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive,
lasting change in our communities and around the world.
The Owego Rotary Club is one of 34,000 clubs
in more than 200 countries that make up Rotary International.
Our club is made up of business and professional leaders from our local community who contribute their time
and talents in service to the community and the world.
The objectives of Rotary are to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all
vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Rotary International President for 2015-2016 is
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He asks Rotary members to be gifts to the world during his term in office.
To learn more about him, visit the
Office of the President
page on the Rotary International website.
You will find his biography, his
information on his initiatives, links for "following" him, and much more.
RI President Ravi Ravindran chose "Be a Gift to the World" as his theme for 2015-16.
Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe.
"Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."
Watch his theme speach at
Rotarians around the world are directing their efforts in six major areas to enhance their local
and global impact. Rotary's most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within
the following areas:
Providing clean water
Saving mothers and children
Growing local economies
Owego Rotary Club Projects
Owego Rotarians are involved in several community projects.
Here we see how Owego Rotarians helped to build raised beds and planted gardens for
Rotary Guiding Principles
These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction.
They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.
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:
The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
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;
The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
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 build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
AVENUES OF SERVICE
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with
integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and
needs of society.
Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways
to improve the quality of life for people in their
communities and to serve the public interest.
International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.