The Rotary Club of Shelburne was established on April 22, 1938

Rotary International is the oldest, and one of the largest, non-profit service organizations in the world. It was started by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1905.

The name ‘Rotary’ came from the fact that the original meetings were conducted in members’ homes on a ‘rotating’ basis. Today there are over 46,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries with over 1.4 million Rotarians worldwide.

Rotary has a very strong international service component and is the only service club with a permanent seat at the United Nations.

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What is Rotary?

Four-way test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Core Values
Rotary’s core values include: Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership. These values represent the guiding principles of the organization.

Service is a major element of our mission. That is why you see Shelburne Rotary supporting the Shepherd’s Cupboard at the Senior’s Market, leading the Christmas Hampers and Backpack Program, supporting the Fall Food Drive and Blood Donor Clinic. It is also why, you see a long list of organizations that Rotary Shelburne financially supports. 

At Rotary we believe the power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. 

We believe Rotary unifies all people behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of people within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its community is a club with a key to its future.

We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work as Rotarians. We are fair and respectful in our interactions.

Rotarians believe in the importance of leadership. We are willing to lead by example, demonstrating and promoting appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relations.

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