“Service Above Self” is the motto of Rotary. It reminds Rotarians to think of how they can help others instead of focusing on themselves. The motto originated when Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, asked Rotarian Frank Collins to address the participants of the second annual Rotary Convention. The year was 1911. Frank Collins, a fruit merchant from Minneapolis, in the impromptu speech, told how his club had used the phrase “Service, Not Self” as a motto and that it was fundamental to them as to what it meant to be a Rotarian. Over time the motto evolved to “Service Above Self”.
“Service Above Self” is a simple idea that remains as relative today as it was over 100 years ago.
For the Rotary Club of Beaverton, Rotarians serve others through four broad focuses: Youth and Education, Local community, Peacebuilders, and international service.