In 1949, the Rotary International Board adopted the slogan “Every Rotarian an Example to Youth” as an expression of commitment to children and youth in each community in which Rotary Clubs exist. Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program.
Youth service projects take many forms around the world. Rotarians sponsor Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, athletic teams, centres for disabled children, school safety patrols, summer camps, orphanages, recreation areas, safe driving clinics, county fairs, child-care centres and children’s hospitals. Many Clubs provide vocational counselling, establish youth employment programs and promote the use of The Four-Way Test. Increasingly, drug/alcohol abuse prevention and AIDS awareness projects are being supported by Rotarians.
EVERY ROTARIAN AN EXAMPLE TO YOUTH
In every instance, Rotarians have an opportunity to be role models and mentors for the young people of their community. One learns to serve by observing others. As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped each will achieve that same desire and spirit to serve future generations.
It is the responsibility of each Rotarian to prepare the youth – all young people up to the age of 30 – by improving their life skills to ensure a better future, while recognising the diversity of their needs. All Clubs and Districts are encouraged to undertake projects that support the fundamental needs of youth: health, human values, education and self-development. Rotary International’s Structured Programs for youth are: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Youth Exchange.
The month of September is designated as ‘Youth Service Month’ to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people up to the age of 30. Rotary Clubs are encouraged to use the slogan “Every Rotarian an Example to Youth” in Club bulletins and publicity material during ‘Youth Service Month’.
Rotary International, the world's first service club organisation, is made up of over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.
Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation's members.