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Raymond Area Rotary Club and Rotary International



Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Raymond Area Rotary Club serves the communities of Candia, Deerfield, Epping, Fremont, Nottingham and Raymond.  The club meets every Wednesday morning 7:30 - 8:30, at the Ray-Fre Senior Citizens Center, 64 Main Street, Raymond, NH.
At each meeting, we socialize, conduct a brief meeting, enjoy a great breakfast (prepared for us by the seniors) and conclude with a 20-30 minute presentation from a guest speaker.

Chartered in 1990, the Raymond Area Rotary Club was sponsored by the Exeter Rotary Club and was admitted to Rotary International on June 10, 1990.

Our club has provided annual college scholarships, sponsored blood drives, conducted town and highway cleanups, and provided 50 holiday food baskets for the needy at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We have supported local parks and conservation areas, partnered with foreign clubs to deliver hundreds of wheelchairs to Haiti and Jamaica, sent a container of medical equipment and supplies to Nigeria, and financed fresh water wells in Africa.

We have been active in Central America, building schools and clinics and providing low-cost water filtration systems to remote villages.  We have joined clubs all over the world in campaigns for literacy, environmental awareness, and cultural exchanges and goodwill.  Most notably, we have nearly attained our goal set out over five years ago to eradicate polio from the planet.  Rotary International has spent over 500 million dollars purchasing and administering vaccinations throughout the world.

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otary is the world's first service club organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.  Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and are open to all cultures, races, and creeds.  As signified by our motto Service Above Self, Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world.

Rotarians are members of Rotary clubs. Rotary clubs belong to Rotary International. To become a Rotarian, you must be invited to join a Rotary club by a member of that club.  A qualified candidate for Rotary club membership is an adult of good character and good business, professional or community reputation.  

 
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 Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. 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:

  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.

The 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

  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?

Our Mission

The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Moving toward the future

In 2001-02, Rotary International began developing a strategic plan to guide the organization as it entered its second century of service. In June 2007, the Board of Directors approved the RI Strategic Plan 2007-10, which identifies seven priorities:

  • Eradicate polio.
  • Advance the internal and external recognition and public image of Rotary. 
  • Increase Rotary's capacity to provide service to others. 
  • Expand membership globally in both numbers and quality.
  • Emphasize Rotary's unique vocational service commitment.
  • Optimize the use and development of leadership talents within RI.
  • Fully implement the strategic planning process to ensure continuity and consistency throughout the organization.

The Rotary Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Rotary saves lives and Rotary changes lives.

 
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