The Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland is made up of approximately 50 professional men and women who meet together to collaborate on business as well as use their collective talents and resources to make a difference in the world.
The Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland has contributed in a meaningful way to significant Windsor community and international projects, including:
- Peace Schools - This program identifies up to two elementary and up to two high schools as Peace Schools based on their submissions about school programs that promote peace. Each elementary school is awarded a Peace Pole for the school lawn with the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, French and 2 other languages of their choice. Each high school receives a pull-up banner identifying the school as a Peace School with a peace dove. Since 2006, 38 Elementary schools and 5 secondary schools have been identified as Peace Schools.
- WRR Knitters – On a yearly basis the Club and community members knit over 5000 hats for newborn babies at the Birthing Centre at Windsor Regional Hospital. Each newborn goes home with a warm and colourful knitted cap. Each summer the Club says thank-you to its more than 25 knitters, who are guests at a special lunch meeting and receive certificates of appreciation, gifts of yarn and a handmade pendant necklace or brooch.
- Guatemala Literacy Project – The Club continues to provide textbooks and computer equipment for Mayan schools in Guatemala. Funds for this project are from Operation Bookmark and the Club’s literacy budget. Three Club members travelled to Guatemala this winter for the graduation of scholarship students that they have sponsored.
- Mission to Jirapa, Ghana – A Windsor-Roseland Rotarian, Sheila Blair Mosley, travelled to Jirapa, Ghana with Dr. Godfrey Bacheyie as part of the mission to provide textbooks and learning materials to the new Junior High School in Degri, Ghana.
- Malawi Water Project – From 2014-2018 Windsor-Roseland made donations to TRF’s Water Endowment Fund initiated by member Jennifer Jones and Nick Krayacich. This qualified the Club to have $7,500 USD available from the District for a water project in Malawi, Africa. With the Rotary Club of LaSalle Centennial, the Club participated in this project to provide clean water to 2,500 students and faculty at a high school campus and more than 1,000 households and 4,000 people in the surrounding rural communities.
- Scholarships – The Club provided $4000 worth of scholarships to students at the University of Windsor, St. Clair College and in the ATHENA scholarship program. These scholars have an outstanding academic record, are involved in the community, and work and provide leadership and mentoring to other students. The Club collaborated also with the Friends of Dr. Dan Liliac to present a $1,000 scholarship in his memory to Massey student, Michelle Park.
Object of Rotary
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.
The Four-Way Test
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.
This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:
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 Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
The Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.
Rotarians who contribute $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation receive a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin and a medallion. Paul Harris Fellows who continue to contribute are awarded higher designations for each $1,000 given. For example, if someone contributes $2,000, they are acknowledged as a PHF+1. Rotarians who commit to giving $1,000 annually are inducted into the Paul Harris Society. Rotarians who contribute $10,000 or more to the Foundation receive Major Donor status.
The Rotary Foundation supports an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding. Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations and shelter for millions of persons. These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe.
Learn more about Rotary by visiting the links below:
International Federation of Rotary Clubs, Evanston, IL
Rotary Clubs in Essex County and SE Michigan