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Lombard Rotary Club members are community leaders who volunteer to work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self”.  Rotary provides a great opportunity for networking, fellowship, and community service.   
Our Lombard Club, as part of Rotary International, helps and supports Lombard area groups and individuals in various ways, and contributes to Rotary International’s efforts to end the spread of polio.
Rotary International has established Guiding Principles, or values, that members honor.
Object of Rotary: 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. 

Avenues of Service: Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based: 
  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. 
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards. 
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community. 
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. 
  • Youth Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.
The Four-Way Test: The test of the things we think, say or do has been translated into more than 100 languages, and asks the following questions: 
  • Is it the TRUTH? 
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned? 
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? 
  • (Our club decided to add our own 5th test - Is it FUN?)

Mission of Rotary: To provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. 
Finally, Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future. 
You can learn much more about Rotary International by visiting the website at