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Personal Growth & Development
Membership in Rotary provides ongoing growth and education in human relations and personal development.
Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like mentored higher learning in leadership skills. Rotary leaders learn how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.
The opportunity to develop business connections was one of the two founding reasons Rotary was started in 1905 and it remains relevant today. More than ever, networking provides vital links in our personal and professional lives. Through Rotary people come together from all walks of life and business communities to help each other and collectively help others.
Each week Rotary programs are designed to keep members informed about what is happening in the community, nation and world. Weekly meetings provide an opportunity to listen to informed speakers on a wide range of timely topics.
Public Speaking Skills
Many people join Rotary with a fear of public speaking. Rotarians develop confidence and skill in public communication through the opportunity to practice in a safe and supportive environment.
Every Rotarian is expected to contribute to the growth and development of their own profession or vocation; to serve on Committees and to teach young people about their job or vocation. Rotary helps make us better doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers, secretaries or plumbers…
The Development of Social Skills
Through weekly meetings and other events, Rotarians develop social and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
The Development of Ethics
Rotary provides a strong ethical framework through a 4-Way Test that defines personal ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
Prominent people are members of Rotary, including leaders from business, government, the professions, arts, sports, the military, religion and all other disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Among Rotary’s ranks are executives, managers and professionals who make decisions and influence policy.
Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, colour, and ethnic identity is represented in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Through Rotary, people become more culturally aware and learn to love and work with people everywhere. In the process, they become better citizens of their own countries.
Volunteering In The Community
Rotary Club membership is a pathway to becoming a better community citizen. The average Rotary Club includes some of the most active citizens of any community.
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 gain the sense of fulfilment and personal satisfaction that brings. Rotary is richly rewarding.
Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for partner involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members grow and develop family values.
Friendship & Fun
The second reason Rotary started was to provide access to friendship and fellowship. This is one of our most basic human needs and is no less relevant in our increasingly complex and technological world.
Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Meetings are fun. Club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. Service is fun.
Above all, Rotarians are nice people – the nicest people on the face of the earth. Whilst they may be important people, they all follow the policy that “it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice”.
Assistance When Travelling
Rotary Clubs are everywhere and members are always ready to assist fellow Rotarians in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while travelling.
Citizenship In The World
There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary Club. Every Rotarian wears a “Rotary International” pin and is welcome, and encouraged, to visit any of the 29,000 Clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This opens up a world of instant friends to all Rotarians, locally and internationally.
Every Rotary Club and District hosts parties and activities that provide a social diversion to business life. Rotary Conferences, conventions, Assemblies and Institutes provide entertainment in addition to Rotary Information, Education and Service activities.
The Absence Of An “Official Creed”
Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.