In the setting of Rotary, the prime general qualification for membership under the RI Standard Club Constitution (which all Rotary clubs are mandated to adhere to), is that a person must be of good character. But what is good character? There has come a need for us at RCBaguio to draw a more concise definition of the term. This article is presented to give a working definition.
The following is actually a re-write of the contents from http://www.scribd.com/doc/5402048/Traits-of-Good-Character. The article has been edited a bit to better contextualize in terms of our Rotary agenda. We thank Scribd for being the “candle-in-the-dark” when an objective definition was needed.
Good character in a person is the sustained manifestation of certain traits and qualities. You are a person of good character if you demonstrate through your words, actions and behavior that you are:
TRUSTWORTHY: Honest, loyal, reliable—your word is your bond. You say–you do. You have the courage to do the right thing. Do not deceive, cheat or steal.
RESPECTFUL: Considerate of others, tolerant of differences; adhere to good manners. You make decisions which manifest your respect for others.
RESPONSIBLE: Consistently capable of self-control; you think before you take action, consider the consequences. You take accountability for actions and do not blame others.
FAIR: You play by the rules, and do not make your own. Open-minded because you do not know everything; and listen to others. You do not take advantage of others, and do not assign blame to others.
CARING: Kind and compassionate. Express gratitude, care about others, forgiving, and help people in need. Do not malign the character and reputation of others.
A GOOD CITIZEN/ROTARIAN: Obedient to established laws, rules and respect authority. You do not question the jurisdiction of our leaders over club matters; instead cooperate towards idealized goals and objectives. You are a good neighbor/member, cooperate with peers as a worthy part of a larger circle.
With the above, it should now be easier for everyone to understand exactly what we expect from Rotarians on the matter of good character.