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What Does Rotary Do?

Rotary International supports clubs in almost every country in the world, and has over a million members.  The mission  and causes of Rotary is to: 


  • Promote Peace 

  • Fight Disease

  • Provide Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Save Mothers and Children

  • Support Education, Grow Local Economies

  • Protect the Environment

  • Eradicate Polio Worldwide (supported by a  partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).


In the Community

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, whether that is through volunteering, giving of your services, or wanting to see your donations benefit your city, you came to the right spot! 

At the Rotary Club of Northglenn - Thornton, we not only strive to help people nationwide and worldwide, but focus the majority of our efforts on local endeavors.

Creating Partnerships

Our local Rotary Club is a fun and active one. We direct the mission of Rotary to our local community while still helping those across the world, always living by the motto, Service Above Self. Founded in 1968, we strive to increase partnerships between local community and business leaders. At our heart, we are individuals who want to serve others in a meaningful way and make a positive impact on the community.


Support Local Needs

Each year our club participates and supports the following: 


  • Adams County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 

  • Food drive supporting food banks in Northglenn and Thornton 

  • Recognition of student achievement with Student of the Month 

  • Youth Leadership - RYLA

Scholarships for Youth

New in 2024! The Northglenn Thornton Rotary Club donates money to each of the local School Education Foundations:


​All students are able to apply for scholarships through their local foundation, and our Rotary Scholarship is now included there. 

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The Four-Way Test

Created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. 
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages and Rotarians recite it at their club meetings.


  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? FELLOWSHIP. Rotarians are known for being sociable and building relationships.  Ensure the process is civil and there’s a feeling of respect and openness to ask questions that can lead to creative and innovative solutions.  Discuss and agree on desired outcomes.

  • Will it BENEFICIAL to all concerned? EMPATHY. Have an open mind and a curiosity for new ideas, novel applications and different point-of views. Consider many options and build on different ideas. Come to mutually beneficial solutions that are sustainable and scalable.

  • Is it FAIR to all concerned? ACCOUNTABILITY. Keep in mind both the Golden Rule and the Platinum Rule. Identify and include all interested and affected parties. Try to understand the other point-of-views in the context of conflict and reaching shared goals.

  • Is it the TRUTH? TRUST. From the Rotarian Code of Conduct, act with integrity and high ethical standards.  Acknowledge and define the problem including the root causes. Collect information and apply critical thinking by asking questions to identify the difference between facts, beliefs, assumptions and opinions. Moreover, be a trusted problem solver.

The Northglenn-Thornton Rotary Club has added "It will be fun!" to the end of the 4-Way Test. While we work hard to meet the needs in our communities, we always have a LOT of fun doing it! 

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  Our motto is "Service Above Self"  Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.


2024/2025 RI President-elect Stephanie Urchick celebrates the magic of Rotary. She says members create that magic with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member of Rotary.

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