The mission of the Rotary Club of Chicago is to promote ethical leadership, professional success and friendship among Club members through service in our community and around the world.

Our Club

ROTARY/One is made up of approximately 200 professional men and women who meet together to collaborate on business as well as use our collective talents and resources to make a difference in the world.

ROTARY/One has contributed in a meaningful way to significant Chicago community and international projects, including:

  • Providing summer internships to 500 Chicago Public High School students through JOB1, our signature project, now in its 14th year. Our JOB1 project is in cooperation with the City of Chicago Corporate and Kid Start Initiatives.  JOB1 prepares high school students for the workplace with job skills training and substantial summer internships in city businesses and not for profits. Students who successfully complete these internships are eligible to apply and qualify for a limited number of college scholarships in amounts up to $2,500. Each student is assigned to a Rotary member to mentor him or her and act as an advocate.
  • Dictionary Project.  Every year we deliver over 2,000 dictionaries to Chicago Public School 3rd graders.
  • Impacting 1000+  students, teachers and family members from a school district in Thailand by enabling them to access clean water.
  • Building shelters and digging water wheels in the Central Plateau of Haiti, a region particularly hard hit by the recent cholera outbreak

Rotarians commit to high ethical standards as embodied in the Object of Rotary and 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

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.

This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

Of the things we think, say, or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

ROTARY/One Foundation

The ROTARY/One Foundation, Inc. is the foundation of the Rotary Club of Chicago. The mission of the ROTARY/One Foundation is to secure the resources necessary to support the Service Mission of the Rotary Club of Chicago.
The ROTARY/One Foundation is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from members of the Rotary Club of Chicago and friends of the ROTARY/One Foundation. They share the commitment to service that began in 1905 with the founding of the Rotary Club of Chicago – ‘the worlds first service club”.

Background: Incorporated in the State of Illinois on January 10, 1938, the ROTARY/One Foundation’s stated object is “to dispense charity, to encourage, maintain and assist in the maintenance of educational, benevolent and charitable activities, agencies and institutions, and for the purposes above specified, to receive, manage, take hold and use real and personal property, or the proceeds thereof or income there from, by gift, grant, devise, bequest or purchase and invest, sell, convey, pledge and dispose of the same.”

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

The Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.

Rotarians who contribute $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation receive a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin and a medallion. Paul Harris Fellows who continue are awarded higher designations for each $1,000 given. For example, if someone contributes $2,000, they are acknowledged as a PHF+1. Rotarians who commit to giving $1,000 annually are inducted into the Paul Harris Society. Rotarians who contribute $10,000 or more to the Foundation receive Major Donor status.

The Rotary Foundation supports an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding. Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations and shelter for millions of persons. These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe.

Learn more about Rotary by visiting the links below:

Rotary Club of Chicago Online Archives
ROTARY/One Digital Archives

Rotary Global History Fellowship
Rotarians Dedicated to the History of Rotary

The Paul and Jean Harris’ Home Foundation
Restoration Project of the Founder of Rotary’s Home

Rotary International
International Federation of Rotary Clubs, Evanston, IL
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Rotary International District 6450
Rotary Clubs in Chicagoland

 

Rotary International District 6440
Rotary Clubs in Northern Illinois

Rotary International District 6420
Rotary Clubs in Northwestern Illinois

Rotary International District 6490
Rotary Clubs in Eastern Illinois

Rotary International District 6460
Rotary Clubs in West Central Illinois

Rotary International District 6510
Rotary Clubs in Southern Illinois