Service Above Self

Our Mission

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance local community and world understanding, goodwill, and peace through a fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.




Our Four-Way Test

The Rotary Test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages for the many Rotary Clubs throughout the world, has questions that we always ask ourselves.

The Object of Rotary


To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular to encourage and foster:


  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
  • High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business and community life.
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional individuals united in the ideal of service.

We Are Part of a World-Wide Team

Our Club is a member of Rotary International that has member clubs throughout the world. Like us, the mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship.

Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within its individual clubs. It encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. Rotary International states that a club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its own future.

Rotary History

Paul P. Harris

Rotary International is a 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man —


Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

The first Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island meeting was held on July 1, 1947, at Lynwood Center. Our Club was chartered on October 8, 1947, sponsored by the Seattle #4 Rotary Club. We became part of Rotary District 5020 that includes Vancouver Island and Western Washington.

Some of the Club’s landmark accomplishments locally have been funding the construction of  the Bainbridge Public Library, the Waypoint, Rotary Field  and other significant parks and recreational facilities.