International Service is Rotary’s fourth avenue of service. International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and promote world understanding and peace.
The aim of International Service in Rotary is expressed in the fourth Object of Rotary; namely, to encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. Freedom, justice, truth, sanctity of the pledged word, and respect for human rights are inherent in Rotary principles and are also vital to the maintenance of international peace and order and to human progress.
In concept, International Service can be broken down into four general areas as follows:
- World Community Service Programs
- International Educational and Cultural Exchange Activities
- Special International Observances and Events
- International Meetings