The principal objective of Rotary is ” Service above Self ”
As stated in the Constitution it is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.”
The statement then lists four areas by which this ideal of service is fostered:
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 by each Rotarians occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarians 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.
These objectives of Rotary are further emphasized in the Rotary Grace:
“Oh God and Giver of all good, We thank thee for our daily bread; May Rotary friends and Rotary ways, Help us to serve thee all our days”
The objectives are also firmly stated in the Four Way Test:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendship?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?