Service Above Self

Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary and the foundation upon which it was built. The organization’s earliest articles of incorporation state that “the Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and to apply this ideal in one’s personal, business and community life,” a commitment that is stronger today than ever. 

Rotary also recognizes each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society. The organization stresses the development of high ethical standards throughout all professions, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.