Community Service is often called the heartbeat of Rotary. Through Community Service, Rotary gains the most visibility through the projects we take on or provide assistance to others. When people think about Rotary, they think of our projects.
To see what projects the Rotary Club of North Vancouver are or have been involved with, see our Events page.
International Service calls for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. Together, through our clubs, we are Rotary International, dedicated to world peace and international understanding.
The Rotary Foundation was created in order to link the efforts of Rotarians worldwide as they strive for international understanding through service and education. The Foundation acts as the main switchboard for the vast network of Rotarians throughout the world, connecting volunteer programs and funds to efficiently distribute charitable goods and services through international educational and humanitarian programs.
The Foundation’s humanitarian programs can take many forms and grants have been awarded for such projects as rainwater collection tanks for rural families in Thailand , provide open-heart surgery for children in Trinidad , digging wells and establishing clinics to restore eyesight to the visually impaired.
Internationally, in 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus, a 20-year commitment to eradicate polio.
Rotary's emphasis on vocational service has its roots in the founding of the organization in 1905 and the use of the classification principle — the guideline by which nearly all Rotary membership is determined — assures that each club has among its members a cross-section of a community's business and professional population.
Vocational service focuses on:
Adherence to, and promotion of, the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just your own or those that are pursued by Rotarians.
The contribution of your vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
The values expressed in The 4-Way Test and the Declaration for Rotarians in Business and Professions, which promote high ethical standards in the workplace, a central theme of Rotary throughout its history.
The 4 Way Test – Apply It!
"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?"