Rotary a place for those looking for examples of ethics in business

To the editor:

There is a place for young businessmen and women who are looking for examples of ethics in business.

I personally became a businessman in the midst of the Enron, WorldComm and Tyco scandals. I witnessed, as I am sure most of us did, the hundreds and thousands of people who lost their entire life savings because of the greedy business practices of a few unethical people. It was not long after that that I ran into some Rotarians. After an invitation to come by for a lunch by a great Rotarian, Jim Gleason, and some further investigation, I liked what I saw.

I thought to myself, “Here is a group of business men and women who adhere specifically to a belief that all business is to be ethical.”

I no longer had to struggle with the idea that fair and honest business in America was dead, and that gave me inspiration.

Rotary International’s website says, “Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.”

It feels good to be a young businessman who is a part of such a grand and noble idea. I have made great friends, and together, we are doing great things. I only wish there were more businessmen and women who knew what they are missing.

For those who would like to check it out firsthand, the Rotary Club of St. Louis County meets at noon on Wednesdays at Bartolino’s South, 5914 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The club’s Web site is

Karl Frank Jr.


Editor’s note: Mr. Frank, who serves as vice president of the Mehlville Board of Education, is president of the Rotary Club of St. Louis County.