years ago today, attorney Paul Harris gathered 3 friends and planted
the seeds of the world's oldest and most prestigious service club
organization. The meetings they held rotated from business to
business place, and the name Rotary was born.
Today Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional
leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical
standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace
in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more
than 31,000 clubs in 166 countries.
In Whitecourt more than 33 professional men and women are proud
to call themselves Rotarians. Since 1998 the Whitecourt Club has
contributed to making Whitecourt an even better place to live.
Feb. 23 Rotary marks 100 years. Join us as we celebrate a century
of SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
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. It was created in 1932 by
Rotarian Herbert I. Taylor 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. The survival of
that 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 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?
OBJECT OF ROTARY
The Object of Rotary is 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
SECOND, High ethical standards in business and professions,
the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations as
an opportunity to serve society.
THIRD, The application of the ideal of service in each
Rotarians personal, business, and community life.
FOUTH, The advancement of international understanding,
goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and
professional persons united in the ideal of service.
ROTARY CLUB OF WHITECOURT ACHIEVEMENTS
Blood Donor Clinic
Business Integrity Award
Canadian Energy Field Conference
Arnie Stephenson's Koats for Kids
Public Skating at Whitecourt Arena
Rotary Float in Xmas Parade
Rotary Float in Rodeo Parade
Fund Raising for and Assistance to Heart Transplant Patient
Organ Tissue Donation Awareness
Lights Illuminating the Pond
Host Annual Family Day Skate at Rotary Park
Host Annual New Years Day Skate at Rotary Park
Host Annual Kids Fishing Day at Rotary Park
Rotary Park Tree Planting
Rotary Park Clean-up
Providing & Installing Outdoor Toilets at Rotary Park
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
Adventures in Technology
2004 Storm Conference
Annual Dave Danks Scholarships
International Exchange Students (Denmark, Australia, Japan)
Northern Student Experience
President's Student Conference (Washington)
Polio Plus -worldwideLeprosy -Dominican Republic
Orthopedic Surgery -Ecuador
Books to Africa
District Wheelchair Program -560 chairs to Zambia
Group Study Exchange -Russia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi
Theresa Willis Home of Hope (HIV Orphans in South Africa )
Raised Over $48,000. for Tsunami Relief
Annual Lobster Charity Dinner
Back Yard Golf