What is Rotary?

Rotary is a volunteer service club with approximately 1.2 million members in approximately 32,000 clubs around the world. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.
 

Is Rotary a Religious, or Political Organization?

No. Rotary is an international success because it works with all people and does not take a stand in reference to religion or politics. Our founder, Paul Harris, saw the importance of this and in his book, The Rotarian Age, stated:
 
"To create a harmonious environment for the fellowship that held clubs together, Rotary discouraged religious and political positions." 
 

Why should I join?

If you want to meet a group of positive people who are interested in making Toronto and the world a better place, then come for a visit. We have a variety of charities and projects that we support both financially and with our efforts. The more you get involved, the more you get out of it. You will grow personally and develop many new, diverse and interesting friends while we work together to make the world a better place.


Who is in your club?

We have members who are actively working, retired, young and old, men and women. Occupations include medical, legal, engineering and accounting professionals, technology, real estate, small business owners, managers, and more. With approximately 50 members, it's easy to get to know everyone. 
 

When do you meet?

COVID-19 Meeting UPDATE

Until further notice, all in-person meetings at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club are cancelled. All Rotary After Hours meetings at the Jester pub are also cancelled. In its place, regular Wednesday meetings will be held online (with phone option available) at 12:15pm. Members will be notified by email with additional details.

We meet every Wednesday (except holidays) at 12:15 at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club 44 Price St., Toronto (south of Summerhill subway). A full lunch is served and the meeting adjourns at 1:30pm.
 
Please note: On the fourth Wednesday of every month, we move our meeting to 5:30 at (venue TBA). Called, Rotary After Hours, this  meeting is less formal than our regular meetings and allows you more time to get to know other members in a relaxing pub setting.
 

How much does it cost?

There is a modest annual Rotary membership fee, plus an additional amount for your meeting meal expenses. As a regular member, you can expect the cost to be just over $1000 annually if you chose to be part of the social events or donation activities in which many members participate. If you are under age 45, you qualify for a significantly discounted cost through our Young Professional Membership.
 

What do you do?

We participate in many service projects in the GTA, and the international community.  This includes assisting youth at risk, indigenous people, the homeless, helping to provide clean drinking water and medical care in developing countries, and many other important projects. One of Rotary's most famous accomplishments is the successful campaign to eliminate Polio from our planet.  Club members are strongly encouraged to participate in the committees that interest them and bring forward new ideas.

 

Are there meeting attendance requirements?

In order to get the most out of being a Rotarian, it's important to participate as much as possible. While you are encouraged to attend meetings every week, we place a greater importance on your overall contributions to the club. Members who are unable to regularly attend our weekly meetings, can participate in many other ways. This can include volunteering for community projects, or assisting with fund raisers. You can also attend a meeting at a different club. Meetings at other clubs are always open to outside members, even when traveling to different cities or countries. Many people will tell you that some of their greatest Rotarian experiences include visits to clubs in other countries.


What is the membership process?

Membership is by invitation. If you express interest, we will encourage you to attend a few meetings and meet some of our members to see if Rotary is a good fit for you. Assuming we both agree that Rotary is for you, we will guide you through the application process to ensure you understand the obligations of membership. Subsequently, the board will consider your application and once approved, you will be officially inducted into the club at one of our weekly meetings. You will also be provided with a mentor who will help you learn more about the club and the activities that interest you most.
 

What can I expect at a meeting?

One thing you will notice immediately is the welcoming atmosphere at Rotary Toronto Eglinton. Before things start, you will have a chance to mingle with friendly, like-minded people. Our meetings are structured, but retain a sense of fun and friendship. We begin with acknowledging guests, a short reflection, and fun tradition we call "Happy Bucks" where members volunteer to share a quick thought, or brief story in exchange for dollar. We enjoy a great lunch, and after some club announcements, an interesting and informative guest presentation. The meeting adjourns by 1:30pm, which enables you to make your way to work - or meet for committee meetings. 
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