Rotary Club of St. Cloud
The Rotary Club of St. Cloud, Florida was chartered March 10, 1959, Club #4415 and is part of Florida District 6980. The Rotary Club of St. Cloud is part of Rotary International, a service organization known for its excellent community-based initiatives to promote the "Service Above Self" Rotary philosophy. Our organization is filled with compassion and care for the people in our neighborhoods and beyond. The following are the integral parts that make up the Rotary Club of St. Cloud:
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their communities to working toward a polio-free world.
The Four-Way Test
At the Rotary Club of St. Cloud, we follow the Four-Way test in both our business and personal lives. The test outlines a set of guidelines adopted as Rotary International's standard of ethics that were created in 1942. These questions are still seen as a standard for ethics in business management today:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build good will and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Rotary’s Wheel Emblem
The official Rotary International emblem is a geared wheel with a keyway in the center to make it work. A power shaft would be placed into the keyway, which symbolizes the motion and movement Rotary clubs strive for.
Did You Know?
The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago, IL on February 23, 1905. Since then, it has grown to be around 1.2 million service-minded men and women. There are currently more than 28,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every nation in the world.
The Rotary Foundation provides the U.S. with nearly $90 million for cultural exchanges and humanitarian projects both large and small. All of these efforts are put forth in order to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide.
Rotary is close to eliminating polio with a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program. Polio eradication remains Rotary's top priority. To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.