UGA Rotaract is a professional service, leadership and community service organization for young men and women, and focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. “Rotaract” stands for “Rotary in Action”, although the name originally comes from a combination of “Interact” (International + Action), the high school level program created by Rotary International in 1962.
The objectives of Rotaract are to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
2. 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
3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life
4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
These objectives are set against the “Rotary 4-way Test”, used to see if a planned action is compatible with the Rotarian spirit. The test was developed by Rotarian and entrepreneur Herbert J. Taylor during the Great Depression as a set of guidelines for restoring faltering businesses and was adopted as the standard of ethics by Rotary in 1942. It is still seen as a standard for ethics in business management:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will?