Founded in 1926, the Rotary Club of Davis has around 130 members. The service club is dedicated to following the Rotary motto: "Service Above Self". They perform various charity and community acts including maintaining the Davis Arboretum, painting a local homeless shelter and landscaping a crisis nursery. They also perform fundraisers for youth, service and charity groups.
Rotary is an association of business people, and they encourage ethics in business. One of the more common trademarks of Rotary is the Four Way Test, a list of questions that promote ethical business practices:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
They are a member of Rotary International and contribute to Rotary's worldwide efforts toward bringing health care, clean water and housing to poor communities around the world. One of the most remarkable achievements of Rotary has been PolioPlus, one of the major factors in eliminating polio worldwide, and vaccinating vast numbers of children around the world, bringing many other diseases under control. They sponsor the Rotaract Club of Davis.
On a more local note, they also created the board game Davisopoly as a fundraiser that raised $20,000 for a vehicle for a local hospital.
There is a Rotary BBQ being held May 14th 2011.