ROTARY BRAND FAQs Why is Rotary enhancing its public image? Worldwide, more than 2 million nonprofits compete for limited volunteer hours, donor money, and other resources. Rotary has a great story to tell, but we need to tell it more simply and consistently. Our research has taught us better ways to frame our strengths and bring our core values to life. By providing a clear, consistent image of Rotary — what we stand for and how we differ from other charitable organizations — we offer prospective members, donors, and volunteers a strong vision of what it means to engage with us. What is changing?

The 4 Way Test 

The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do is a test used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships. The test can be applied to almost any aspect of life.[1] The test was scripted by Herbert J. Taylor an American from Chicago as he set out to save the Club Aluminum Products Distribution Company from bankruptcy. It was later adopted by Rotary International, the global federation of Rotary service clubs

In the early 1930s Herbert J. Taylor set out to save the Club Aluminum Products distribution company from bankruptcy. He believed himself to be the only person in the company with 250 employees who had hope. His recovery plan started with changing the ethical climate of the company. He explained:

“ The first job was to set policies for the company that would reflect the high ethics and morals God would want in any business. If the people who worked for Club Aluminum were to think right, I knew they would do right. What we needed was a simple, easily remembered guide to right conduct - a sort of ethical yardstick- which all of us in the company could memorize and apply to what we thought, said and did.
I searched through many books for the answer to our need, but the right phrases eluded me, so I did what I often do when I have a problem I can't answer myself: I turn to the One who has all the answers. I leaned over my desk, rested my head in my hands and prayed. After a few moments, I looked up and reached for a white paper card. Then I wrote down the twenty-four words that had come to me:

Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
I called it "The Four-Way Test" of the things we think, say or do


Dear Rotarians,   CLUBS IN ARREARS OF DISTRICT DUES FACING TERMINATION BY FEBRUARY 28, 2018   Inspite of numerous entreaties and reminders, some clubs are still heavily indebted to the District.   As a result of this non-compliance with Article 16.060.1 and 16.060.3  of the 2016 Manual of Procedure guiding the District Finances and the obligations of Rotary Clubs to the District on Dues after the expiration of Monday, February 12, 2018 set as the deadline for payment of dues., these Clubs have become non-functional and its members prohibited from holding any RI or District office until all outstanding dues are settle.   I am therefore, compelled to inform you that the following Clubs stand risk of termination as Clubs in the District if full payment is not made on or before Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.       S/N CLUB NAME AMOUNT (N) 1 Ilupeju    1,858,000.00 2 E-Club of District 9110 Coastal    1,757,500.00 3 Ijebu-Ife Sunrise    1,521,660.00 4 Oke-Afa    1,235,000.00 5 Ota Metropolitan       892,500.00 6 Ojo       889,500.00 7 Ilaro-Oronna       802,500.00 8 Ilaro       781,500.00 9 Apakun       747,500.00 10 Atan-Ota       743,750.00 11 Badagry Metropolitan       722,500.00 12 Isheri-Olofin Golden       677,500.00 13 Owode-Onirin Kosofe       676,250.00 14 Ikeja Central       627,500.00 15 Waterside, Abigi       580,000.00 16 Ladipo Golden, Lagos       577,500.00 17 Yaba       492,500.00 18 Ilupeju Central       407,500.00 19 Oregun       352,500.00 20 Igbobi Central       347,000.00 21 Elega, Abeokuta       336,750.00 22 Ketu       322,000.00 23 Mushin Golden       307,500.00 24 Sagamu Central       307,500.00 25 Alagbado       287,500.00 26 Oto-Ijanikin Central       285,500.00 27 Ijebu-Ode       280,000.00 28 Shomolu       266,964.00 29 Agbara       252,500.00 30 New town, Oko-Oba       252,500.00 31 Ifako-Ijaiye       237,500.00 32 Ajuwon       230,000.00 33 Anthony Metropolitan       180,000.00 34 Victoria Island       165,000.00 35 Iwaya, Lagos       138,500.00 36 Satellite Town       120,000.00     The affected Clubs may be reinstated after paying up all outstanding dues and the penalty to Rotary International.   Thank you as we continue in Rotary: Making a Difference.   Yours in Rotary Service,       Adewale Ogunbadejo                               Gabriel Onyema   District Governor                                         District Treasurer       CC: District Leaders, RI Zurich Office

Rotary is 113 Years Old ! Read About The First Four Rotarians

The first four Rotarians   On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.   Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.   Read about each of the first four Rotarians below, and about Harry L. Ruggles, who is often called the "fifth Rotarian."   Rotary’s founder, Harris, was born in Wisconsin, USA, on 19 April 1868. He was raised by his paternal grandparents in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. He was Rotary president from 1910 to 1912 and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago until his death on 27 January 1947. Learn more about the founder.   Loehr, a mining engineer, was born on 18 October 1864 in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a Rotarian for only a few years, never holding office at the club or international level. But that first Rotary meeting was held in his office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. He died in Chicago on 23 May 1918.   A Rotarian for only a few years, Shorey served as recording secretary during the club’s first year. He was born in Maine in August 1862 and died in March 1944.   Schiele, a coal dealer, served as the Chicago club’s first president in 1905 and Rotary International’s third treasurer in 1945. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in June 1870, Schiele attended Terre Haute Business College and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was president of the Schiele Coal Company from 1902 until his retirement in 1939. He and Harris became lifelong friends and lived near each other on the South Side of Chicago. Schiele died on 17 December 1945 and is buried near Harris at Mount Hope Cemetery.   Originally from Michigan, Ruggles was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and joined Rotary at its second meeting. He was treasurer of the Chicago club during its first year, president from 1908 to 1910, and a Rotary director from 1912 to 1913. He is known for having introduced singing to Rotary club meetings. His printing company, H.L. Ruggles & Co., printed the first issue of The National Rotarian and the first Rotary songbook. He died on 23 October 1959, an honorary member of seven clubs in addition to his home club, the Rotary Club of Chicago. ©
  “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, what it means to the community is what matters a lot”, Pacesetter District Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria, Rotarian Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo has inspired members of the Rotary Club of Victoria Island East.   The District Governor commended the Rotary Club of Victoria Island East on the donations and the laudable projects the club has executed so far during his official visit to the club on Tuesday, September 20, 2017.   Rotarian Ogunbadejo made the commendation on his visit to the club’s board meeting and induction of new members, where he was joyfully received by the board members, past Presidents, and other club members, lead by the President, Rotarian Tayo Adebiyi.   DG Ogunbadejo, who was accompanied by the District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun and some other District leaders, while going through the club’s report, described the efforts Rotary Club of Victoria Island East in the area of service programmes as “so much.”   “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, what it means to the community is what matters a lot”, the Governor told Rotary Club of Victoria Island East members noting that the club has extensively impacted on the life of people in its immediate community through several meaningful projects.   The DG cited some of the projects to include the provision of public toilets at Eleko Beach and refurbishment of Victoria Island Primary School, among other projects that the club has successfully executed, even without global or district grant.   However, he advised the club to apply for grants as this will add to their internally generated funds which will then enable them execute bigger projects.   The Governor also encouraged them to do more in terms of donations, especially to the Rotary Foundation. They should think out of the box and innovate various ways of generating funds in contribution to the Rotary Polio Foundation from both members and non-members of the club, the DG said.   DG Ogunbadejo also identified the major challenge of the club to be membership, while pointing out the need for the club to bring in new members who are professionals in various fields such as Doctors, Lawyers, etc, as this will help to provide the needed expertise in executing projects across various fields of human endeavour.   He further encouraged the club to leverage technologies like Skype in engaging members who, for one reason or the other, couldn’t be physically present at meetings.   For potential members who may say they are too busy to be active members of the club, the Governor advised the existing members of the club to make the potential members understand that they can join the club as Honorary Rotarians who don’t have to attend meetings but can become corporate partners with the club.   According to DG Ogunbadejo, these Honorary Rotarians can attend meetings once in a while and can eventually become active members after some time. He explained that the District has witnessed such situations in some of its clubs including the Rotary Club of Gbagada.   The Governor also identified the stagnant number of female members and urged the club to put in more effort in other to bridge the gender gap and also increase the number of members that are between the age brackets of 40 and below.   This feat, he said, can only be achieved by bringing in new members and devising new ways of retaining them. “The future of Rotary is in Africa because this is where we have people who are relatively young”, DG Ogunbadejo charged members of Rotary Club of Victoria Island East.   Responding to the Governor’s observation, the board members revealed that the club is currently focusing on bringing in new and younger members who wouldn’t have to pay as much as older members, but will have the much needed time for the club activities.   The Governor’s visit ended after he shared fellows with the club members, during which he inducted two new and younger members into the Rotary Club of Victoria Island East family.‘what-rotary-means-to-the-community-matters-a-lot’-dg-tells-rotary-club-of-victoria-island-east