Meet the Portland Pearl Rotary Club

About Rotary and the Portland Pearl Rotary Club

Rotary International was founded in February 1905 in Chicago, Illinois by Paul Harris. Portland Pearl Rotary (PPR), one of some 34,000 local Rotary Clubs established since then, was founded initially in 1975 as Portland Industrial Rotary Club to serve the industrial area of Northwest Portland. Over the years the character of Northwest Portland has changed greatly as has our club. To reflect these changes, in 2005 Portland Industrial Rotary changed its name to Portland Pearl Rotary and moved from Northwest Portland to the center of the Pearl District.

Rotary International Mission Statement

The mission of Rotary International is to support its member clubs in fulfilling the Object of Rotary by:

  • Fostering unity among member clubs;
  • Strengthening and expanding Rotary around the world;
  • Communicating worldwide the work of Rotary; and
  • Providing a system of international administration.

The 4-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 4-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 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.

“Of the things we think, say or do”, the 4-Way Test asks the following questions:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Plus, Pearl Rotary has added a fifth element to the 4-Way test: Will it be FUN?

Fun and Games…

For years PPRC started each meeting with an old-time song. While this was fun, we found that the old needed to be spruced up a bit with the help of our in-house band, Jerry and the Pacemakers.

Today, Jerry, along with his usual cohorts Matt, Katja, and Anne get the meeting kicked off in high style with a popular song that’s as closely aligned with the speaker’s topic as humanly possible. Jerry and his Pacemakers take great pride in rearranging or changing the lyrics as appropriate to poke just a little fun at the topic or get us thinking about its significance in our lives.

A Little History…

The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name “Rotary” derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

Today, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 180 countries worldwide.

Read more about the history of Rotary on Rotary International’s website.