Rotary International is a worldwide organization with over 1.2 million members in 200 countries and geographical areas organized into more than 32,000 clubs. Rotarians everywhere are united to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary projects address challenges of illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns. Rotary headquarters are located in Evanston, IL.
Rotary was started as a vehicle to share vocational information, and a goal of Rotary clubs everywhere is to add members from various occupations who can expand awareness in other members about their careers.
Rotary's Motto is Service Above Self. The Four Way Test asks the following questions:
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?
Rotary Avenues of Service
There are five Avenues of Service in Rotary that form the foundation on which club activities are based. Each club selects specific projects on which to focus, but each Avenue is supposed to be addressed sometime each year.
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.
New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.
Woodridge Rotary Club
The Woodridge Rotary Club was chartered in May of 1989. The club has remained consistent in its efforts to support local and international projects. Woodridge Rotary works closely with the Village of Woodridge and the Woodridge Park District to support local charities, the West Suburban Food Pantry, and scholarship programs. Our club membership has grown to about 30 members who meet on the weekly basis at the Seven Bridges Golf Club every Tuesday at 12:00pm. The second Tuesday of every month a Social Meeting is held at Shanahan's Food and Spirits at 6:30pm. If you're interested in community service, please come to one of our regular Tuesday meetings and enjoy a complimentary lunch as you learn more about Rotary's role in local as well as international humanitarian projects. Learn more about memberships here.
Woodridge Rotary Club is a 501(c)3 charitable organization which means that your contributions can be considered to be tax deductible. Check with your accountant for details.
In 2005, Rotary International celebrated its 100th Anniversary. It was a Centennial Year Celebration. Our club was honored by Rotary International to host a picnic at Costaldo Park for over 100 people from around the world. A police escort led the buses with people from all around the world to enjoy a taste of food and beverage and local entertainment. It was truly a most memorable event as we learned about their culture and enjoyed our hospitality.
Governors Home Town Award
In 2013, the Woodridge Rotary Club in partnership with the Village of Woodridge and the Woodridge Park District was recognized by the State of Illinois to receive the prestigious Governor's Hometown Award for hosting its award winning Mini Triathlon. Governor Pat Quinn announced the winners of the 31st Annual Governor's Hometown Awards, which included the Woodridge Rotary Club's Mini-triathlon. "The Governor's Home Town Awards honor the efforts of 22 remarkable groups who have selflessly dedicated their time and efforts to making their communities a better place to live," Governor Quinn said. Attending the ceremony for the Woodridge Rotary Club were Mike Adams, Director of the Woodridge Park District; Mayor Gina Cunningham; Village Manager Katy Rush; and Rich Moore, owner of Shanahan's Pub in Woodridge. The Woodridge Rotary Club started its mini triathlon 14 years ago as a way to have fun and promote good health. Volunteers provide almost all the work on the event. Learn about this year's event here.