What is Rotary? 何谓扶轮

Rotary is ‟the original social network”:


Rotary’s 1.2 million members combine their resources and connect across the world to move communities forward with clean water, health initiatives, education, and more.


Rotary brings together people like you — leaders from all cultures and occupations who want to use their distinct expertise for good. People whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back to their communities. Who step forward to tackle the toughest challenges — and persevere to create lasting change in communities around the world. 


Together, we empower youth, improve health, promote peace, and advance our communities in all corners of the globe.


Rotary Principles / 扶轮准则

Our 1.2 million Rotarians form more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country of  the world and share a dedication to the ideal of “Service Above Self”. Through volunteer service, the women and men of Rotary build friendships locally and globally and enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances. 


Rotary is non-political and non-religious and open to open to men and women of all cultures, races and creeds. Since 1905 when the Rotary movement began in Chicago but quickly spread overseas, Rotarians have connected with each other to promote cross-cultural understanding, build goodwill and peace through a worldwide fellowship. 



  • Fellowship
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Service
  • Leadership
  •  联谊
  •  正直
  •  多元
  •  服务
  •  领导力


Since the early 1900's, Rotarians worldwide have embraced two mottoes that promote the ideal of service:


  • Service above self
  • One profits most who serves best
  • 超我服务
  • 服务越多,获益越大

The Object of Rotary / 扶轮宗旨

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 every 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.


Here is a simplified Chinese version of the above.

The Rotary Code of Conduct

Furthermore, Rotarians believe strongly in promoting business integrity and we have a Rotary Code of Conduct:

As a Rotarian, I will

  1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviours and activities
  2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
  3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
  4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings
  5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
  6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
  7. Honour the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavour or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians
  8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship

Here is a simplified Chinese version of the same, translated by SISU volunteer Jojo Meng.

The Four-Way Test

And a simple way in which Rotarians put our approach to business ethics into practice is through the “Four-Way Test,” which we often display and read out in our weekly meetings.

 Past RI President Herbert Taylor with the Four-Way Test

Past RI President Herbert Taylor with the Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test

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?

The Four-Way Test is an ethical creed created by Rotarian – and past Rotary International President – Herbert J. Taylor in 1932, and subsequently adopted by Rotarians worldwide.


The Multilingual Four-Way Test 

We have read that the Four-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages around the world – but no one was able to supply us with a copy and so we have created a tiny but interesting project to collect 100 (or more) translations. So far we have reached 80. Click below to see for yourself:

The Multilingual Four Way Test!

Rotary Doing Good in the World for 100 Years