At over 100 years old, our club was one the first clubs to be chartered in Canada. We are rich in history, yet we are also rich in diversity. Our membership of proud Rotarians represents a broad range of people, differing in their professional and personal experiences, yet bonded by our commitment to community service.
The Rotary Club of Hamilton was founded n 1913. After a long and wonderful home with the Royal Connaught Hotel (over 90 years), we moved to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Our current meeting location is located in central Hamilton at the Visitors Inn.
As Hamilton’s Original Rotary Club, we are committed to literacy, children & youth projects that improve our local and international communities. As Hamilton’s premier service club our members demonstrate the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self” while enjoying the opportunity for networking and fellowship.
It’s amazing what we can accomplish when hearts and minds work together. See how leaders from Hamilton, are taking action to enhance health, empower children and youth, promote peace, and improve their community.
Vision Statement of Rotary Club of Hamilton
Engaging the Hamilton community to enable children and youth, locally and internationally, to reach their full potential.
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster the following:
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
This test, which guides all Rotarians and Rotary activities, has been translated into more than 100 languages and asks the following four 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?
- To attend meetings regularly.
- To pay dues promptly.
- To do your part when called upon.
- To be a leader in all endeavors; social, civic and national, which make for human betterment.