Rotary Clock, Carson City, Nevada
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DSBE has been represented in the East Palo Alto Bayshore Rotary Club since August of 2013 when it was gifted a membership by an anonymous donor.
Currently, DSBE's CEO is its corporate representative to the club.
DSBE's founder is a former member and newsletter editor of the Santa Clara West Rotary Club (which subsequently merged into the Santa Clara Rotary Club.)
DSBE further pledges to become a member of the Windhoek Rotary Club and assure it be represented in it by a corporate officer if it expands into Namibia as currently planned. If Rotary International expands into Ha Noi by the time DSBE does per plan, then it will also assure it shall be represented in it by a corporate officer in Ha Noi's club.
The founder is hoping to be able to persuade DSBE's Board of Directors into giving him at least one of those international assignments.
Rotary International and the Peace Corps
In May of 2014, Rotary International and the Peace Corps signed formal agreements of cooperation, cementing their friendship of many years working alongside one another in common interests.
DSBE's intellectual property commerce focii in Namibia could leverage the networks and resources of Rotary International and the Peace Corps in addressing desalination and food production.
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:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- 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;
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Its Four Way Test
To assure the alignment of actions with that ethic, Rotarians are to apply the following four way test, which is often covered along with the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of each club meeting.
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Rotary Code of Conduct
Rotarians are expected to abide by the following code of ethics, which are consequently endorsed by DSBE.
As a Rotarian, I will
- EXEMPLIFY the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities.
- USE my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary.
- CONDUCT all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others.
- BE FAIR in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.
- PROMOTE recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society.
- OFFER my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community.
- HONOR the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians.
- NOT SEEK from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
The budget for this aspect of DSBE's ongoing philanthropy (viz., even after it spins off DSBF) will include the following line items.
- $5.00 / week dinner x 52 weeks/year = $260.00;
- $200/year dues;
- 5.0 hours/week of an executive's schedule at $TBD/hour;
- Transportation allowance from HQ to the East Palo Alto YMCA and other Rotary club venues;