Dr. Justin Hillock: Rotary International

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Justin Hillock, DDS, operates a thriving Iowa-based family dental practice. Additionally, he devotes himself to a number of philanthropic projects and community-oriented organizations. Among them, he maintains membership in the local chapter of Rotary International.

The first of its kind, Rotary International remains a premiere international service organization. Rotary International comprises a host of smaller, local chapters, known generally as clubs. Rotary International presently boasts approximately 33,000 such clubs across the globe. Commanding the motto, “Service Above Self,” Rotary International holds that “they profit most who serve best.”

Ideal service toward deserving local initiatives remains the principal objective of Rotary International. Toward this end, members of the Rotary strive to develop positive relationships and to seek out ongoing opportunities to spread a message of peace, reduce hunger, promote education and professional development, as well as teach communities about better health and sanitation. One of Rotary’s largest campaigns is to eliminate polio. Rotary International also maintains an impeccable code of ethics and holds that the Rotarian ideal serves as an effective model toward a variety of endeavors, including professional, personal, and community-oriented activities.

Through these initiatives, Rotary actively encourages the progress of international fellowship toward peace, understanding, and prosperity for all. Rotary International presently boasts more than 1.2 million members worldwide. A not-for-profit organization, Rotary International embraces all races, creeds, and cultures, and maintains no religious or political requirements or affiliations. Members of Rotary clubs are commonly known as Rotarians.

Initiated in Chicago, Rotary held its first meeting in 1905 and the organizations’ popularity spread rapidly. Less than 10 years later, Rotary boasted chapters on both U.S. coasts, and the organization had already made its way to Canada. Rotary reached all inhabitable continents by 1921, and in 1922 officially took the name Rotary International. The name of the organization originally derived from the early nature of the group, which would regularly rotate the locations of its meetings between member homes or offices.

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