Mission Statement & Declarations

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?

Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions

The 1955-56 Board of Directors. Clockwise from bottom left: Dan Procter, Kenneth G. Partridge, Spencer J. Hollands, Alejandro Garreton Silva, Alphonse Fievez, Allin Winston Dakin, Joseph A. Abey, Ernesto Imbassahy de Mello, O.D.A. Oberg, A.Z. Baker, George R. Means, Roy D. Hickman, W.B. Todd, C.P.H. Teenstra, Herbert J. Taylor. Photo by: Krantzen Studio Inc. © Rotary International

The 1955-56 Board of Directors. Clockwise from bottom left: Dan Procter, Kenneth G. Partridge, Spencer J. Hollands, Alejandro Garreton Silva, Alphonse Fievez, Allin Winston Dakin, Joseph A. Abey, Ernesto Imbassahy de Mello, O.D.A. Oberg, A.Z. Baker, George R. Means, Roy D. Hickman, W.B. Todd, C.P.H. Teenstra, Herbert J. Taylor.
Photo by: Krantzen Studio Inc. © Rotary International

The Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions was adopted by the Rotary International Council on Legislation in 1989 to provide more specific guidelines for the high ethical standards called for in the Object of Rotary:

As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to:

  • Consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve
  • Be faithful to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and to the moral standards of my community
  • Do all in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest ethical standards in my chosen vocation
  • Be fair to my employer, employees, associates, competitors,” customers, the public, and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship
  • Recognize the honor and respect due to all occupations which are useful to society
  • Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
  • Adhere to honesty in my advertising and in all representations to the public concerning my business or profession
  • Neither seek from nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship

Service Above Self

Vision of Rotary Club of Hamilton

Engaging the Hamilton community to enable children and youth, locally and internationally, to reach their full potential.

Mission Statement of Rotary International

The mission of Rotary International is to support its member clubs in fulfilling the Object of Rotary by:

  • Fostering unity among member clubs
  • Strengthening and expanding Rotary around the world
  • Communicating worldwide the work of Rotary
  • Providing a system of international administration