The program of Rotary is expressed in its Object as set forth in article IV of the RI constitution and article IV of the standard Rotary club constitution, namely:
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.
Four “avenues” of service in Rotary reflect the elements of this Object: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service.
The RI Board has agreed that the four explanatory statements in the object of Rotary are of great and equal significance and that they are actions which must be taken simultaneously.