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What is Rotary?

Rotary is an international organization of over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries, with local club membership in excess of 1.2 million persons. Members are representative of many business and professional classifications in their respective communities.

Rotary is the oldest service club in the world. Paul Harris, an attorney, organized the first Rotary Club in 1905 in Chicago.

The name "Rotary" was chosen because the first club met in "rotation" at each memberís place of business.

Rotary Internationalís Mission Statement

The mission of Rotary International is to assist and guide Rotarians and Rotary Clubs to accomplish the Objects of Rotary to ensure Rotaryís continuing relevance and to help build a better world, emphasizing service activities by individuals and groups that enhance the quality of life and human dignity encouraging high ethical standards, and creating greater understanding among all people to advance the search for peace in the world.

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:

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 Rotarianís occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarianís personal, business and community life;

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

The Four Way Test

First: Is it the TRUTH?

Second: Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Third: Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Fourth: Will it be BENEFICIAL to all Concerned?


Who Are Rotarians?

Rotarians are business and professional persons who look beyond themselves to the community, the nation, and the world. They seek the truth and let fairness govern their relationships. They build good will and better friendships and strive to benefit all interpersonal relationships

The Rotarian and Service

Rotary emphasizes creating with each member the "Ideal of Service." Rotarians are encouraged and supported in their personal activities in civic affairs, youth services and public service organizations. It is from the club that most members draw help in support of worthy service activities.

Topeka West Rotary Club undertakes a wide variety of service activities in vocational, community and international programs of goodwill and understanding. Some of these are:

Dictionaries to Third Graders

Youth Scholarships

Shelter Boxes for disaster relief around the world

Sponsorship of candidates for the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Sponsorship of High School students to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.

Participation in Polio Plus to eradicate polio worldwide

Sponsorship of inbound and outbound foreign exchange students

Hosting members of the Group Study Exchange from a different country each year

The focus of Rotary International includes four areas:


   1. Provide clean drinking water (i.e. providing bottled water, digging a well, or assisting with the

      development of a desalinization facility. 

   2. Literacy Programs

   3. World Peace

   4. Eradication of polio


Contributions to Rotary Foundation provide for beneficial projects throughout the world, including the vaccination of children against polio and other preventable diseases.

How Rotarians Benefit

They broaden their circle of friends and acquaintances.

They keep in touch with the mainstream of community life and with the people who make it "tick."

They obtain increased knowledge of businesses or professions other than their own and gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the problems of others.

They gain recognition for themselves and their business or profession by participating in an organization known around the world for its dedication to an ideal of service to mankind.

They acquire talents and achieve greater capacities in roles of leadership in club activities.

They broaden their social life through club-sponsored activities.

They are enabled to express in a practical way nobler desires found in persons wanting to make their contributions to the betterment of society.

They increase their knowledge of world affairs and receive a better understanding of the customs and character of other peoples.

They acquire a friendly contact and warm welcome in almost every important city in the free world.

Topeka West Meetings

The Topeka West Rotary Club meets at 7:00 a.m., every Wednesday morning throughout the year, except for holidays and other special occasions. Meetings are held at the HyVee Store, 29th & Wanamaker.  The meeting room is located upstairs.  Stairs and elevator are located on your left as you enter the store. 

Each meeting is opened with the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and an invocation by a Club member.

Coffee and continental breakfast are available, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Members are encouraged to get to know each other better by choosing to sit with different members each week. After the meal, guests and visiting Rotarians are introduced, followed by announcements and club business. About 7:30 a program is provided, usually featuring a speaker to inform or entertain.

Typically there are about 20 to 25 members, guests, and visiting Rotarians attending each meeting.

Special evening events are held several times during the year, at which members are encouraged to invite their spouse or a guest. Vocational field trips to local businesses, educational institutions, etc., are a part of each yearís activities. "Fireside Chats," where small groups meet in membersí homes to discuss club activities, are scheduled at least once a year.


Rotary is built on fellowship and friendship that is developed through attending meetings and participating in Club activities.

Rotarians are expected to attend meetings. It is understood that a problem with attendance can occur with busy people, but members who miss meetings are privileged to "make-up" at any Club in the free world. Make-ups can be accomplished by attending any activity of the "home club" up to two weeks before or two weeks after the missed meeting.

The time and place of Club meetings in northeast Kansas is provided in the Topeka West memberís handbook. The time and place of meetings worldwide can be found in the Rotary' Official Directory on file with the Club Secretary.

Every make-up affords Rotarians an opportunity to broaden their acquaintances and to bring back to their home Club information and ideas that can improve club operations and programs.

Members who miss four consecutive meetings, without make-up, or do not attend 60% of regular meetings of their home club each half-year, are subject to termination unless exempted by the Clubís Board of Directors.

Dues are billed quarterly. Your dues include your dues to Rotary International, subscription to the Rotarian magazine and the cost of your breakfast each week. Currently dues are $140.00 a quarter.

Becoming a Member

Membership is by invitation only, extended by a member of a Rotary Club. It should be considered an honor to be invited to join Rotary. Prospective members are chosen to represent their respective business or profession. They must function in some executive or management capacity or with some discretionary authority.

Usually, a prospective member is invited to attend a meeting as a guest, to get acquainted. When an invitation to join is extended, the prospectís name is submitted for approval by the Clubís Board of Directors and the Club membership.

The "Classification Principle" ensures that a Clubís membership includes every worthy business or profession in the community. In this way, a club becomes a good cross-section of the community.

New members are inducted in a simple, but dignified, ceremony conducted by an officer of the Club and their sponsor. The Rotary lapel pin, meeting badge, and Rotary information are presented. The new memberís spouse, if any, is welcome to attend the meeting when a new member is inducted.

If you would like more information about Topeka West Rotary, contact President Kathleen Hickert at