WHY JOIN ROTARY?
WHY BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HAMILTON AM?
 
WHO ARE ROTARIANS?
 
Rotary is inclusive. There is no discrimination based on gender, religion, ethnicity, race or appearance. Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while enriching their personal and professional lives through membership. A Rotary Club contains a diverse group of members from the community that the club serves. Rotarians include business owners, hairstylists/barbers, mechanics, government workers, teachers, nurses, clergy, architects, salespersons, retirees etc.
 
Rotary is a grassroots organization with most of its service efforts being carried out at the Club level. The District and International structure is designed to support Rotary Clubs and help them provide maximum service in their local communities and abroad.  Founded in 1905, there are over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 35,000 clubs worldwide.
 
ROTARY CLUBS
 
Rotarians are members of Rotary Clubs which belong to a global association called Rotary International (RI). Each club elects its own Board of Directors and Officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of RI’s Constitution and Bylaws.
 
ROTARY DISTRICTS
 
Clubs are grouped together into 531 RI Districts, each led by a District Governor who is an Officer of Rotary International. The District administration, including Assistant Governors and the District’s various committees, guides and supports its clubs. Our District is Rotary International District 7090 which covers Southern Ontario and North Western New York State. There are 68 clubs including 2 E-Clubs (Internet based clubs) in the District.
 
WHAT KIND OF SERVICE PROJECTS DO ROTARY CLUBS CARRY OUT?
 
Rotary International is the largest service organization in the world. It acts as a link between the 35,000 Rotary Clubs and coordinates projects between clubs. The guiding principles of Rotary International are embraced by all Rotarians and help to define Rotary.
 
The Rotary Foundation is a not-for profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share it's vision of a better world. The Mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
 
Like all Rotary Clubs, the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM conducts many projects in our community and internationally. Every dollar raised through fundraising is used for local or international improvements. Some of our past projects include vans for local non-profit agencies, the Community Health Bus (now retired) for the City of Hamilton and a specialized refrigerated truck for Hamilton Food Share. Over 3 million dollars has been generated for these projects through fundraising in the over 30 years the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM has been operating.
 
Our Club is also the major sponsor for the Imagine in Park children's art festival and a number of members participate in the planning and hosting of this annual event. For 20 years our club has hosted an annual Christmas Pancake Breakfast party at Hess School and for 5 years we have supplied refurbished computers to graduating Grade 8 students. For a number of years Rotarians have helped with a school literacy program which has benefited many students.
 
WHO CAN BE A ROTARIAN?
 
Rotarians come from all walks of life. Some are business men and women and many are local professionals.  They can come to us from government or local organizations or services, in such areas as the arts, sciences, humanities, health, education, law enforcement, politics and religion. People retired from businesses or professions are welcome to become members as well but most clubs today are also trying to appeal to a younger and diverse cohort so the Club truly represents its community.
 
Although it is often said that membership is by invitation, if you feel that you are in any of the above categories and have an interest in joining, we will welcome you to one of our meetings so you have a better sense of the atmosphere of the Club and the dedication of its members.
 
WHAT CAN YOU GET FROM ROTARY?
 
Rotary Membership provides some definite benefits. The club meetings and projects provide great fellowship and the satisfaction of service to your community. You will meet also  leaders or key professionals  in the community that you might not have been able to meet otherwise.
 
We asked some of our members why they joined Rotary. Here's what they said:
 
  • Great place for networking and meeting like minded influencers in the community and form long lasting friendships;
  • Perfect forum for fundraising for local, national and international causes;
  • Opportunity to help to increase public awareness about issues in the Hamilton community and participate in community projects; and
  • A simple way to give back to the community. 
 
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU?
 
Rotarians take their membership seriously. Good attendance is important and in fact there are minimum attendance requirements. If you cannot attend a meeting, going to another club for a “make-up” will count for attendance. Make-ups can take place anywhere in world and include not only club meetings but also work on projects or Internet participation via e-clubs. Rotary sponsored meetings and events count for attendance purposes.
 
All members participate in one or two of the Club’s committees such as Fundraising, Community Service, Youth Services, World Community Services.
 
Club members are expected to follow the Rotary Four Way Test and the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self” in their personal and professional lives.
 
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF BEING A ROTARIAN?
 
There are costs of membership both in terms of time and money. Regular weekly meetings last an hour and in addition there are occasional committee meetings that are scheduled at convenient times for the committee members.  There could be some volunteer time involved in projects (such as volunteering in our school reading programs and helping out at our fundraising events etc.). Also, all Rotarians participate in our major fundraising events by searching for sponsors and soliciting donations; this is a big part of the over $3 million dollars raised by the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM to date.
 
The other costs of participation are your breakfast costs when we meet at William’s Fresh Café.  You can join in the fun with a Looney paid to share your latest “Happy Story” and at meetings our entertaining Sergeant at Arms may subject you to a small fine for failing a quiz question or other error.  These monies are donated to RI for their fund to eradicate polio in the world.
 
HAVING READ ALL THIS, ARE YOU STILL INTERESTED?
 
Would you like one of our members to contact you to answer your questions or to invite you to meeting as a guest so you can see firsthand what Rotary is all about, please e-mail us at info@hamiltonamrotary.ca.
Member Categories and Fees
Regular Membership - The Rotary year runs from July 1 - June 30 and the regular membership dues are $275.00 annually.
 
Corporate Membership - Rotary provides a great forum for companies to give back to the community. To encourage corporate membership, we offer corporate memberships at a reduced rate for multiple members. The first member of your organization is $275.00, and each subsequent member is only $200.00.  Membership in Rotary can provide your organization with a great team building tool and a way to give back, while networking and promoting your business at the same time.
 
Family Memberships - Like the Corporate Memberships, we want to encourage members of the same household to join Rotary.  Dues for the first member of your household would be $275.00, and $200.00 for each subsequent member.
 
Youth (under 40 Membership) - We want to encourage participation in Rotary by younger members of our community, so membership to members under the age of 40 is only $175.00 per year (a discount from our regular membership fees of $275.00).
 
Hamilton Rotaractors - In order to encourage our local McMaster and Hamilton Rotaractors to continue on with Rotary after the age of 26, we offer your first year with our club free from dues.   You will still need to pay for your attendance at our breakfast meetings ($20.00 per week), but you will save $275.00 the first year and receive our youth membership discount until you reach the age of 35.
 
If you would like to receive our membership application form, or to ask any questions, please contact Cathy Jeske at cathyjeske@cogeco.ca or Anne Bermingham at anne@2waconsulting.com.
Join us Wednesday Mornings!
If you are thinking about joining Rotary and not sure which of our fantastic local Rotary clubs is right for you, you are welcome to stop in for a meeting or two (or more) and try us out.  
 
During the COVID-19 Emergency, our club is meeting by Zoom every Wednesday morning from 7:30 - 8:30 am.  Attendance at a Zoom meeting is free. If you are interested in joining a Zoom meeting, please check out our events calendar or e-mail us at info@hamiltonamrotary.ca.
 
Our club otherwise meets from 7:15 am to 8:30 am (sharp, so that you can get to work on time) on a Wednesday morning at Williams Fresh Café, 47 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, on the harbour.  The meetings are fun, light, informative and provide great fellowship. Breakfast is available and there is a guest speaker or other program.