" THE GREATEST OF ALL ACHIEVEMENTS...ARE THE RESULT OF THE COMBINED EFFORT OF HEART AND HEAD AND HAND WORKING IN PERFECT COORDINATION. "
Paul P. Harris, Founder
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”
—Paul P. Harris
We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more. Rotary has been dedicated to the idea of service for more than 100 years.
Our 1.2 million-member global organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Our ongoing commitment
Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:
We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.
The Troy Rotary Club consists of over 55 women and men who are local active and retired business professionals and community leaders. The members represent a wide span of ages and demographics. As a Troy Rotarian, it is your obligation
to become engaged, involved and active in supporting the various programs, activities and events that the Troy Rotary Club sponsors within the community.
The Rotary Four-Way Test
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
“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?”
MEETINGS, PROGRAMS AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION:
The Troy Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at the Troy Country Club, 1830 Peters Road, at 12 noon for a lunch meeting. The cost of lunch is $10 for soup, salad and a cookie. It is $2 if you choose just to enjoy an iced tea or ice water.
The meetings consist of a short business agenda followed by a pertinent and entertaining presentation and program by a guest speaker. Programs for each meeting are arranged primarily by the Troy Rotary Programs Committee; however, many programs are scheduled at the suggestion of, or with the assistance from, any member of the Troy Rotary Club.
Annual dues are currently $250, prorated according to the time of year a new member joins. A portion of the dues is earmarked for the Troy Rotary Foundation, which is the Troy Rotary Club’s benevolent foundation fund for charitable and community service giving programs. Since 1997, the Troy Rotary Foundation has donated over $100,000 to area charitable organizations and causes.