The principles of Rotaract are based on the fundamental Rotary ideal of Service Above Self. This calls on Rotaractors and Rotarians to put service to their communities above all else. This is further supported by the ideal of Fellowship through Service, which focuses on the building of bonds of friendship among the Rotaract membership while working together in partnership to serve their community. These principles are embodied within the Rotary Four-Way Test, a challenge for Rotaractors and Rotarians to live by in their personal and professional lives.
These principles have been developed over the years to provide a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.
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 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.
The Four-Way Test is a non-partisan and non-sectarian ethical guide for Rotaractors to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotaractors recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?