Rotary Club of Orangeville

Rotary Club of Orangeville

ROTARY CLUB OF ORANGEVILLE

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. Each club is a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves--RCO members include business people, farmers, professionals, police officers, bankers, retirees, educators and more.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise; high ethical standards in business and professions; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

BRIEF HISTORY

In 1905, Paul Harris and other Chicago businessmen formed Rotary to serve their community. In 1910 Rotary became international with the formation of a Club in Winnipeg. Today Rotary International (RI) has 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs around the world.

In 1937, the Rotary Club of Orangeville (RCO) was chartered and has served our community without interruption ever since. Rotarians are men and women from all walks of life living in and around Orangeville, all united in our commitment to serve our local community and the broader world community.

Our contributions locally include Rotary Park, Skateboard Park, funding our Hospital, Island Lake North Trail and, currently, a Splash Pad for Fendley Park. Internationally, we support RI's programme to eradicate polio around the world.

The many dedicated Rotarians who have exemplified "Service Above Self" throughout our 78 years have laid the foundation that enables RCO to continue serving Orangeville and surrounding areas.

Several of the fund-raising activities the Club has embarked on over the years have become very successful community-building events in their own right, including:

Other innovative fundraisers have included:

LEADERSHIP

RCO has provided leadership in the community including:

As well, Rotarians are encouraged to become involved in leadership capacities in other community organizations and RCO members have done so over the years. A partial list of these organizations includes: Boy's Athletic Club, Boy Scouts, Children's Aid Society, The Door Youth Centre, Community Living Dufferin, Dufferin Hospice, Girl Guides, Headwaters Health Care Centre (formerly Dufferin Area Hospital), Ontario Society for Crippled Children, Orangeville Arena Fund, Orangeville Public Library, Theatre Orangeville, Special Hockey International (Orangeville Wolves), Westminster Milk Fund, and minor league hockey, lacrosse and soccer.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

RCO has partnered with Town of Orangeville, Dufferin County, Theatre Orangeville, other service clubs and non-profits, local schools, and many local charitable organizations including the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and Headwaters Healthcare Centre, to successfully deliver service and infrastructure projects.

A partial list of partnership projects include:

We try to apply the Rotary 4-Way Test to all we say and do:

The 4-Way Test

  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?

To find out more about Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Orangeville, or our affiliated community group of supporters and volunteers, “Friends of Rotary”, please visit our website:

www.orangevillerotary.com

Or contact us in writing at:

The Rotary Club of Orangeville

P.O. Box 265

Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

L9W 2Z6.


ROTARY CLUB INTERNATIONAL

THE OBJECT OF ROTARY

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:

1FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

2SECOND. 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;

3THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

4FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

AVENUES OF SERVICE

Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:

1 Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.

2 Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.

3 Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.

4 International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.

If you would like to learn more about Rotary International, please visit www.rotary.org