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The Rotary Club of McLean --- Who We Are and What We Do

Rotary International is an organization of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or political preference. There are 33,976 clubs and over 1.22 million members worldwide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians.  Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals.

Rotary's primary motto is "Service above Self", and its secondary motto is "One profits most who serves best".

The Rotary Club of McLean was founded in 1965, under the sponsorship of The Rotary Club of Falls Church.  Daniel Nastoff (“Father Dan”) was appointed Governor’s Special Representative to see to the establishment of Rotary in McLean, and Father Dan did a superb job.  During the summer of 1965, Dan called on scores of McLean businessmen, most of whom knew nothing of Rotary, scheduled and convened Tuesday luncheon meetings at the old Pikestaff Restaurant, and did all the paperwork to have the new Club accepted by  District 7610 and Rotary International.  The charter was approved on November 10, 1965.

Central to the culture of all Rotary Clubs is the aspect of giving; giving to the local community, and giving to the nation and the world.  Throughout its history, The Rotary Club of McLean has donated both time and financial resources in support of many causes.  Among those funded in the last few years are:
  • Scholarships to high school seniors at Pimmit Hills Alternative High School and McLean High School
  • Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center
  • Langley Residential Support Services
  • Timber Lane Elementary School
  • Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
  • Lewinsville Senior Center
  • Homestretch
  • Safe Community Coalition's Sixth Grade Ethics Day
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services
  • Emergency relief in Pakistan, Japan, Haiti, victims of Hurricane Katrina and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan.
  • Stop Hunger Now
  • Worldwide polio eradication
  • Purchase of computers for high schools in Aegina, Greece
  • Support of mobile surgical centers in Guatemala
  • Support of water sanitation projects in Haiti
  • Provision of dental supplies and school libraries in Swaziland  
The Four-Way Test" of the things we think, say or do is a test used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships. The test can be applied to almost any aspect of life.  The test was scripted by Herbert J. Taylor from Chicago, and was later adopted by Rotary International.  

The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do.

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Thank you for your contribution to McLean Rotary and its many projects of service through your participation in the Sixth Annual McLean Chocolate Festival.

(The above was excerpted in part from the Wikipedia article on Rotary International, and from History of the Rotary Club of McLean, found on the website for The Rotary Club of McLean.)