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Meeting and Program:
Rotary Programs for the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids for the first half of the year:
- March 3, 2010 - Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids social at Theatre Cedar Rapids
- March 8, 2010 - Woo Jin Jung, New Life Fitness World.
- March 15, 2010 - Doug Brakham, Manager, ADM.
- March 22, 2010 - Brian Connors - Experiences Living and Starting a Small Business in Beijing.
- March 29, 2010 - To be announced.
- April 5, 2010 - Rich Patterson, Director, Indian Creek Nature Center.
- April 12, 2010 - Angie Dethlefs-Trentin, Executive Director, Iowa Council of Foundations.
- April 19, 2010 - Breakout Meetings at Member Businesses.
- April 26, 2010 - Shannon Ramsay, President, Trees Forever.
- May 3, 2010 - Kirk Ferentz, Head Football Coach, The University of Iowa.
- May 10, 2010 - Robert Massey, Executive Director, Orchestra Iowa.
- May 17, 2010 - Joe Jennison, Executive Director, Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance.
- May 24, 2010 - Charles Swanson, Executive Director, Hancher Auditorium.
- May 31, 2010 - NO ROTARY IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY.
- June 7, 2010 - John Bloomhall, President, Diamond V Mills.
- June 14, 2010 - To be announced.
- June 21, 2010 - Chris Coleman, President, Better Business Bureau.
- June 28, 2009 - Passing the Gavel and Community Service & Appreciation Awards.
The 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.
Avenues of Service
Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:
- Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
- Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
- Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
- International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
The Four-Way Test
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
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?
The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.
Diversity and Rotary
Moving toward the futureIn 2001-02, Rotary International began developing a strategic plan to guide the organization as it entered its second century of service. In June 2007, the Board of Directors approved the RI Strategic Plan 2007-10, which identifies seven priorities:
- Eradicate polio.
- Advance the internal and external recognition and public image of Rotary.
- Increase Rotary’s capacity to provide service to others.
- Expand membership globally in both numbers and quality.
- Emphasize Rotary’s unique vocational service commitment.
- Optimize the use and development of leadership talents within RI.
- Fully implement the strategic planning process to ensure continuity and consistency throughout the organization.