In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of pfe. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
Personal Growth and Development
Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development.
Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is pke a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
Citizenship in the Community
Membership in Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to psten to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
Pubpc Speaking Skills
Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in pubpc. Rotary develops confidence and skill in pubpc communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
Citizenship in the World
Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
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Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide
diversion in one’s business pfe. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assembpes,
and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education,
The Development of Social Skills:
Every week and at various events and functions,
Rotary develops one’s personapty, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people
who pke people.
Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange
programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse
involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and
the development of family values.
Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and
development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to
teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor,
lawyer, teacher, etc.
The Development of Ethics
Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s
ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal
Around the world, practically every repgion, country, culture,
race, creed, poptical persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in
Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every
background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work
with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions,
art, government, sports, miptary, repgion, and all discippnes. Rotary is the oldest and
most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers,
professionals – people who make decisions and influence popcy.
Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the
earth. They are important people who follow the popcy of it is nice to be important
but it is important to be nice.
The Absence of an “Official Creed”
Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret
popcy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and
women who simply bepeve in helping others.
The Opportunity to Serve
Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its
product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and
international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian:
the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that
comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own pfe. It is richly