Rotary Club Ljubljana International consists of people / members, acting by action and not reaction. Our members, young as well as middle-aged ones, are focused on connecting with Rotary clubs from abroad and working on international business connections. In our club, we support diversity. Both women and men are welcome. Characteristics of our club are thinking, quick response, looking to the future, servitude to others, and new original and sustainable solutions.
In the club, we operate by talking to each other, we respect and complement each other. Connections are being established with Rotary clubs around the world from England, the Czech Republic, Northern Macedonia, Thailand, Singapore, Serbia, USA, Brazil, Georgia and Hong Kong, among others. The club operates with clearly defined values, in which openness, honesty, clear opinion and uprightness are valued personality traits. Several languages are spoken in the club, the official language is English.
Members of our Rotary club are professors, diplomats, doctors, businessmen, artists, specialists and other prominent Slovenes as well as foreigners. All club members are welcome to collaborate and / or sponsor joint projects in education, culture, counselling and assistance to the surroundings through the connections of their institutions as well as the business of their companies. Our association respects tradition, punctuality, orderliness, agreements and legislation. Our club is a club of prudent people, supporting help and international stories.
We honorably serve and promote integrity and diversity building cooperation in international environment and ensuring sustainable development. We are connecting international business and community leaders through loyal friendship.
We see our future where people unite to create positive change in our communities and in ourselves as well as to enhance international business.
In setting the goals of our club, we follow the set guidelines of our Rotary District 1912 and consequently
the goals of the world Rotary organization. As Rotarians of the Rotary Ljubljana International Club, we want to proactively help and positively influence society and the wider environment in which we live. Our set goals strive for sustainability and create positive effects for all stakeholders. Precisely because of the high ethical and moral standards, we pay special attention to the selection and pursuit of goals.
Our club is focused on development and progress, the condition of which is to meet the needs of current generations without negatively affecting future generations in pursuing their needs.
OBJECTIVES AND GENERAL GUIDELINES
- care for enviroment
- health care
- care for morals / ethics, culture and art
- caring for fellow human beings
HISTORY OF ROTARY
Origin and establishment
At the instigation of attorney and visionary Paul Harris, the first Rotary Club was formed in Chicago, USA on 23 February 1905. He and his three friends discussed the idea of businessmen meeting, strengthening interconnections, while expanding the circle of personal, business and professional sciences. They decided to establish a men’s club, where members would regularly meet with a vision of professional and charitable activity, taking into account high principles and criteria, based on their own virtues.
Membership was limited to one representative of each profession and business area. Each time they met at the location of a different member. The change of meeting places was intended to make the members better acquainted with each other, and as a result, business between them would be easier. Hence the name Rotary.
The first Rotary sign was an ordinary wagon wheel in motion with a cloud of dust. The sign represented movement and civilization. In 1929, they decided on an exclusive sign, the emblem of all Rotarians. It is a gear with 24 patterns and 6 spikes in royal dark blue and gold. Later, a wedge groove was added. Today, the wheel represents the mission of Rotary, that is to serve. Members of Rotary clubs thus implement cultural, educational,
business, sustainable and humanitarian programs that improve and enrich life in the local and international environment.
International Organization of Rotary
Rotary became an international organization in 1910 when the first Rotary Club was founded in Canada. In 1922, they adopted the name Rotary International. Rotary now has about 1.3 million members in more than 30,000 clubs worldwide.
In Slovenia, the first Rotary club was founded in Maribor on 15 November 1930. The founding members of the first club were famous citizens of Maribor: the owner of the Zlatorog beer factory Oskar Dračar, the wealthiest person from Maribor – industrialist Josip Hutter, builder Vlado Šlajmer, and later also the Olympian Leon Štukelj. The history of this club is recorded in the book “The First Rotary Club in Slovenia”, written by Božidar Hribar.
Rotary clubs in Slovenia were disbanded at the beginning of World War II. With the occupation of Ljubljana, the fascist authorities banned the Rotary organization and confiscated the archives.
After 50 years, Rotarianism was yet again reviving in Slovenia. Wealthy Slovenian emigrants in Brazil, Vladimir Ovca and Janez Hlebanja, and Slovenian Canadian Ray Bukovec helped immensely to revive the idea of Rotarianism on Slovenian grounds. Otto von Habsburg also made a significant contribution to the revival of this idea in Slovenia.
Since 2011, Slovenian Rotarians have had an independent District 1912. The official name is Rotary district 1912 of Slovenia and Northern Macedonia. Prior to that, Rotary Slovenia was part of District 1910 (Vienna).
Rotary Club Ljubljana International
The initiators for the establishment of the Rotary Club Ljubljana International were Miha Murn, Milan Lapajne, Peter Ilgo, Iztok Marenče and Igor Gregorčič.
The idea of establishing the Rotary Club Ljubljana International was confirmed on 20 July 2020 by the Governor of the 1912 District, Iztok Seljak, and consequently issued a decision on the mentorship of Janez Podobnik, RC Idrija.
CODE OF CONDUCT
As a Rotarian, I will
1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities
2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings
5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
6. 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
7. 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
8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship
CLUB VICE PRESIDENT