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Rotary is Service Above Self 

What is Rotary?

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

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The Four Way Test

of things we think, say, or do

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


The 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.


Avenues of Service

Club Service: Provide service to the Rotary club in the spirit of fellowship

Vocational Service: Practice high standards of conduct in business and professional lives

Community Service: Identify community needs and act upon them

International Service: Help fulfill international, educational and humanitarian needs

New Generations Service:  Recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities as RYLA, Rotaract and Interact, service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange.


Grass Valley Rotary Leads the Way

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley was chartered in 1925 with 25 members. Since the first meeting on January 13, 1925 at the Brete Harte Inn in Grass Valley, the club has continuously served the Grass Valley community and Rotary International as an effective and highly successful force for accomplishing the Rotary Ideal of Service. Grass Valley Rotarians have been a visible part of the community for many years and our contributions and dedication to service have left an indelible mark for the better on virtually all aspects of community life. As the club moves forward into it’s 95th year of service our goal remains the same: Service above Self. We will continue to accomplish our goal by planning and carrying out a variety of humanitarian, educational and service projects that will benefit the community and the world.


What We’ve Done (a partial listing)

  •  Adult literacy programs
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • Sierra College ball fields
  • Lyman Gilmore Adopt-A-School
    • Band Uniforms
    • NatureTrail
    • Bicycle Rack
    • Video Lab Equipment
    • Butterfly Garden
  • Condon Park Disc Golf Course
  • Memorial Park Pool refurbishment
  • 2-way radios for school buses
  • Nevada Union all-weather track
  • Bus stop shelters
  • Student scholarships
  • International Projects
    •  Polio Plus
    • Uganda Goat Project
    • Scott Kellerman Hospital Project
    • Philippine Boat Project
    • Mexican Clinic X-ray machine
  • Hosted Youth Exchange students
  • Memorial Park BBQ area
  • Speech contests
  • Nevada Union High School landscaping
  • Bleachers at Memorial & Condon Parks
  • Chapel at Sierra Nevada hospital
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award sponsor
  • Drinking fountain at Memorial Park
  • Benches for downtown Grass Valley
  • Established Farmers Market
  • Nevada County Airport lighting
  • Painted Cow Barns at the Fairgrounds
  • Tree Planting at the Fairgrounds 


Becoming a Member

Membership in Rotary is by invitation only. Members are chosen to represent their respective businesses or professions and must serve in an executive capacity or with some discretionary authority. There will always be a place in Rotary for those who believe in and demonstrate a commitment to the Rotary Ideal of Service. For those interested in putting “Service Above Self”, broadening their circle of friends and acquaintances, networking with others in the mainstream of community life, increasing their knowledge of other businesses and professions, developing leadership skills, and having fun, the Grass Valley Rotary Club is the service club for you.

What is Expected

The Grass Valley Rotary Club meets every Monday at 12:15 PM at the Wild Eye Pub. 535 Mill St., Grass Valley, CA. 

Regular attendance at club meetings builds fellowship and friendship.   A willingness to serve others, participation in club activities, and acceptance of the financial commitments of membership are also needed.

For additional information contact:

Sandra Barrington, President,  2022-2023

Rotary Club of Grass Valley

P.O. Box 1213

Grass Valley, CA 95945