Our History Summarized
Rotary International by its Action Groups of Fellowship Committee, approved the Ethics Fellowship of Rotarians (EFOR) on June 27th 2016. 858 Rotarians from 72 countries in 32 Zones have up to now joined us, thus agreeing that Ethics is the essence of The Four Way Test. They do their very best to put it constantly it into action every day. E.g. on May of 2012 a proposition to create an Ethic and Citizenship Committee was approved unanimously at its District Conference of District 4730. After that, the new Committee promoted dozens of Forums and Seminars all around the District, mostly directed to the youth as well as to the non-Rotarian public. It’s particularly important to note that after these meetings many participants approached the organizers exclaiming: “I used to think that Rotary Clubs are just offering wheel chairs, toys and equipment to the people in need, so for me it´s a pleasant surprise finding out that Rotary has in its principles the building of a world in which ethics reign; thus I’m now more interested than ever to join Rotary!’ Their wishes were considered and soon thereafter they were invited to join Rotary. This our theme call towards promoting Ethics was shared with Rotarians from all districts living all over the world during the Rotary International Conventions (Lisbon, Sidney, São Paulo and Atlanta) and will soon be promoted in those of Toronto/Canada, Hamburg/Germany, and Honolulu/Hawaii, etc., as well as on the occasions of the Rotary Institutes around the world, including Foz do Iguaçu, Buenos Aires, Lima, Natal, Puerto Iguazu, Rio de Janeiro, Atibaia (SP), Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Medellin – These last three are to take place now in September, October and November, 2017. Always more Rotarians are joining us because they understand that it’s of paramount importance that we live in an always more ethical way, implementing always better The Four Way Test it’s so very important to register understand that as soon as we explain that Ethics is the essence and synthesis of The Four Way Test, Obviously this vision is shared also by the most Senior Rotarians, with, among them Presidents, Directors, Trustees of Rotary International, RIDs, PPRI, PDRI, the Trustees and the Past Trustees of Rotary International. Considering and aware of the huge importance of Ethics from the very beginning, we were at first seeking to create a Rotarian Action Group, but, as none of the projects we presented had yet been adopted, adapted and developed by clubs and districts up to then, we opted for the obtaining first the recognition to be a Rotary Fellowship, and to then move to transform it into a RAG when the appropriate time will have come, hopefully in the near future.