Shaping the Future of Spring Valley
Spring Valley was started by the Forest Acres Rotary Club in 1978. The first president of the club was Albert E. (Bert) Fitzgerald whose classification was “Insurance – Life.” Other charter members who would later serve the club as president were Hugh Ryall (Real Estate), John H. Wright III (Commercial Construction), Ted Hayen (Real Estate), Stanley Walker (Insurance), Ben Nesbit (Principal – Spring Valley High School) and Philip Walpole (Chamber of Commerce). The first non-charter member to be inducted into the club was E. Rabon Rodgers (Chief Financial Officer – Richland School District Two). The longest continuously serving member of the club is Bob Alexander (Veterinarian) who was inducted into the club in February 1979.
What is Rotary?
A volunteer movement addressing the world’s greatest challenges
Service Above Self
Rotary is an international organization made up of over 1.2 million members who share their expertise, time and money to support local and international humanitarian projects that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as hunger, poverty and illiteracy.
Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds who leverage their expertise to improve lives everywhere.
Each week, millions of Rotarians throughout the world gather for fellowship, service and business development opportunities. They gather to share ideas and to conduct service projects that will improve the life in their community.
Rotary International, the worldwide association of Rotary clubs, supports the work of local clubs. For three decades, Rotary International has united around the cause of eradicating polio from the world. Since 1985, Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $9 billion to the effort.
These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.
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.
The 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
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Avenues of Service
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
- Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
- Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
- Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects and this Community Service presentation (PPT).
- International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
- Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.