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 Based 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 discussed it in his book, The Rotarian Age. He said:
"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 retired, actively working, young and old, men and women. Amoung the occupations are medical, legal, engineering and acounting professionals, IT, real estate, small business owners, managers, and more. With approximately 50 members, it's easy to get to know everyone. 

 

When do you meet?

We meet every Wednesday (except holidays) at 12:15 at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club 44 Price St., Toronto (south of Summerhill subway). Meetings usually wrap up at 1:30pm. A full lunch is served.
Please note: On the fourth Wednesday of every month, we move our meeting to 5:30 at The Jester on Yonge, 1427 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y7 (just south of St Clair subway). 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 Rotary membership fee, plus an additional amount for your meeting meal expenses. In all, you can expect the cost to be approximately $1000 annually if you chose to be part of the social events or donation activities in which many members participate. 

 

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. 

 

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 Rotarians are traditionally expected to attend all meetings, Rotary Toronto Eglinton places a greater importance on your overall contributions to the club. Members who are unable to regularly attend our weekly meetings can particpate in many other ways. This can include volunteering for community projects, assisting with fund raisers, or particpating on committees. 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 members will tell you that some of their greatest Rotarian expereinces include visits to clubs in other countries.


What is the membership process?

We encourage you to attend a few meetings and meet some of our members to see if Rotary would be a good fit for you.  Should you decide to join, 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.  The pre-meeting discussions are often lively and a great opportunity to get to know some of your fellow Rotarians.  You will mingle with an invigorating likeminded group with many community connections. Our lunch meetings typically include fancinating presentations from outside guests, along with a host of other varied activities.  The lunch meeting ends by 1:30pm, which enables members to make their way to work - or for others to meet for committee meetings. 
 
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