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Busting the Top Rotary Myths
Myth:  Rotary is for men only
Rotary International began in 1905, and in the early years of its existence women were not prominently represented. Today, women are a strong presence in Rotary – comprising more than 40% in our Rotary Club of Evanston membership.  Leadership positions filled by women in our club are well above this percentage. We welcome ALL!
Myth:  You have to attend Rotary every week
Most Rotary clubs meet on a weekly basis, and members are encouraged to attend whenever possible, but we understand that there are many demands on the time of individuals in today's fast-paced world. In addition to regular club meetings, Rotarians have other ways to become involved, such as fundraising activities, community service projects, leadership training events and social activities. Some members are able to attend every week, but some prefer to contribute in other ways. 

Myth:  Rotary is for businesspeople
Rotary’s membership base is a broad cross section of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and professions. Our diversity is our strongest asset. Teachers, bankers, accountants, retailers, students, plumbers, electricians, health care workers, farmers… you name it, they are all represented in Rotary. Work from home? Just starting out in business? Moving up through the ranks? Made it to the top? Retired? There is a role for you in Rotary.

Myth:  All Rotary clubs are alike
There are over 34,000 Rotary clubs in the world (more than 7,500 clubs in the United States and two in Evanston).  No two are the same. They are all unique, with unique members, unique projects, and unique culture. Each has its own board of directors who administer the club autonomously. One of them is just right for you!

Myth:  Rotary is an old fashioned organization
As a century old organization, it’s reasonable to expect that there are some long observed traditions in some clubs. But the very highest levels of Rotary leadership, both at global and local level, are encouraging clubs to innovate and implement progressive policies and programs. The Rotary Club of Evanston has launched a variety of programs recently aimed at engaging the local community in fresh new ways, including our Heads Up, Evanston program and our Building a More Peaceful Evanston initiative. 

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