The vision of Rotary founder Paul Harris was of a club that would kindle friendship among members of the Chicagobusiness community. He wanted to find in the large city the kind of friendly spirit and helpfulness that he had known in thesmall towns where he had grown up -- the spirit to reach out in service to others less fortunate. Through the subsequent spread of the Rotary movement, the spirit of friendship and service evolved quite naturally into a focus on helping to buildgoodwill and peace in the world.
It was also Harris's thought that the first club should represent a cross-section of the business and professional life of thecommunity. From this idea developed Rotary's Classification Principle. Admission to Rotary club membership is byinvitation, and accepting the invitation represents a personal commitment of the Rotarian to exemplify high ethical standards in one's own vocation or occupation. As the entity representing the global association of all Rotary clubs, Rotary International's mission is to assist Rotarians and Rotary clubs to accomplish the Object of Rotary, emphasizing service activities by individuals and groups that enhance the quality of life and human dignity, encouraging high ethical standards, and creating greater understanding among all people to advance the search for peace in the world.
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