South Shore Rotary of Staten Island, NY was chartered January 22, 1955. It is a 501 c (3) corporation with its primary mission is to do good in the community of Staten Island, New York and to assist Rotary International in causes the RI elects to. South Shore Rotary is proud of its record of endowing its community of several Million Dollars over the years.
Established in 1905, Rotary International (RI) is an association of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide in over 200 countries and geographical areas headquartered in Evanston, Illinois.
We are proud to be South Shore Rotarians
The South Shore Rotary club draws members from all corners of the borough. We call ourselves Rotarians and we stand proudly together with a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and sharing their talents and expertise to improve the greater good in our communities and throughout the world. Organizationally Rotary International has a number of administrative levels due to its size, with the most important level being the local club level. Between Rotary International headquarters and the ‘clubs’, there are:
34 administrative Zones splitting the world into smaller geographical levels.
Each zone is further broken down into Districts [there are a total of 529 Districts].
Each District has individual clubs, which individuals join.
On Staten Island, there are five clubs. The clubs have an informal working relationship to facilitate the implementation of our good works.
South Shore Rotary [SSR], belongs to District #7230 which belongs to Zone #32.
The District has 43 clubs. Geographically it covers Bermuda [yes Bermuda], Westchester, the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.
Zone 32 covers Bermuda, Canada, USA (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
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.
While we take the Rotary motto, SERVICE ABOVE SELF, very seriously, we carry out our responsibilities through a series of enjoyable activities, e.g., golf outings, Octoberfest, comedy nights, shows, fishing trips, etc. to name a few [see the enclosed list of last year’s activities hosted by SSR]. South Shore Rotary also sponsors both Rotaract and Interact clubs in our area.
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?
The following code of conduct has been adopted for the use of Rotarians:
AS A ROTARIAN, I will
1) Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life
2) Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect
3) Use my professional skills through Rotary to: mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world
4) Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians