20 Reasons To Join Rotary


by Rotary International Past President Richard King


Richard D. King served as the Rotary International President in 2001-2002.  The following points were developed by then President-Elect Richard King when he served as membership chair for Rotary International several years ago. Use them often and freely to assist others in understanding the depth and breadth of Rotary's mission.


1. FRIENDSHIP. In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friends and fellowship. It is one of the two reasons why; Rotary began in 1905.


2. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. The second original reason for Rotary's beginning. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help one another and collectively help others.


3. PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development.


4. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in Leadership: learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.


5. CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY. Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens in any community.


6. CONTINUING EDUCATION. Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed as to what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Different speakers, different topics.


7. FUN. Rotary is fun. A lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the service is fun.

8. PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS. Many an individual who joined Rotary was afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication, and plenty of opportunities to speak!


9. CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD.  Every Rotarian wears a pin that says: "Rotary International". And every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend at over 29,000 clubs in 163 nations and other geographical regions [now over 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas]. There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Instant friends in both one's community, and in the world community.


10. ASSISTANCE WHEN TRAVELING. Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian who has needed a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found it quickly – through Rotary.


11. ENTERTAINMENT. Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one's business life. Rotary has conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.


12. THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SKILLS. Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one's personality, social, and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people, or who want to.

13. FAMILY PROGRAMS. Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.


14. VOCATIONAL SKILLS. Every Rotarian is expected to take a part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one's job or vocation. Rotary helps make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, or whatever one does for a living.


15. THE DEVELOPMENT OF ETHICS. Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one's ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.


16. CULTURAL AWARENESS. Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of other cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.


17. PRESTIGE. Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks are filled with executives, managers, and professionals, people who make decisions and influence policy. Not everyone is invited to join Rotary.


18. NICE PEOPLE. Rotarians above all are nice people; the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who adhere to the policy that while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.


19. THE ABSENCE OF AN “OFFICIAL CREED”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.


20. 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 perhaps for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and the return of that satisfaction to one's own life. It is richly rewarding.


·        Rotary is a worldwide service club whose motto is “Service above Self”

 ·        Rotary International is in more  than 200 countries of the world

 ·        There are 529 Districts in Rotary International

 ·        There are more than 32,000 local Rotary Clubs in Rotary International

 ·        There are approximately 1,2 million Rotarians in the world

 ·        Rotarians are expected to subscribe to the Four Way Test and The Objects of Rotary as guidelines for their personal and business activities.  They work through the four avenues of service, namely Club Service, Community Service, International Service and Vocational Service.

 ·        The Southampton Rotary Club is in District 6330 and was started in 1938 through the sponsorship of the Owen Sound Rotary Club. In the same year, Owen Sound Rotary also sponsored Port Elgin, Tara, Paisley and Wiarton.

 ·        District 6330 consists of 60 clubs, 19 of which are in part of Michigan and 41 that are in part of Ontario.

 ·        Rotary International is headed by the President and is assisted by a Vice President, Treasurer, Board of Directors and numerous committees and employees.  RI is headquartered in Chicago, the birthplace of Rotary, which was founded by Paul Harris in 1905.

 ·        Rotary International’s charitable work is funded through the Rotary Foundation.  Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians around the world are invited to contribute to this fund.  Projects such as Polio Plus, international scholarships, Student Exchanges, Group Study Exchange and numerous other programs are funded wholly or in part by the Rotary Foundation.

 ·        Each District is headed by a District Governor. 

 ·        District 6330 is divided into 9 Areas, each of which is served by an Assistant Governor.

 ·        Southampton Rotary is in Area 1 and includes clubs in Port Elgin, Hepworth/Shallow Lake, Lions Head, and Wiarton in addition to Southampton.  Our Assistant Governor is Ann Isles from Wiarton.

 ·        Area 2 consists of clubs in Clifford, Drayton, Hanover, Kincardine, Listowel, Mildmay and Walkerton.

 ·        Area 3 consists of clubs in Goderich, Grand Bend, Mitchell, St. Marys, Stratford and Stratford Festival City.

 ·        Area 4 consists of clubs in Alymer, London, London North, London South, London East, London West, London –Lambeth, London Hyde Park and St. Thomas. 

 ·        Area 5 consists of clubs in Forest, Glencoe, Sarnia, Petrolia, Sarnia Bluewaterland, Strathroy and Watford.

 ·        Area 6 is in Michigan and consists of clubs in Algonac, Fort Gratiot, Marine City, Marysville, Port Huron and St. Clair.

 ·        Area 7 is also in Michigan and consists of clubs in Burton, Clio, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Genesee Valley, Grand Blanc and Greater Flint Sunrise.

 ·        Area 8 consists of clubs in Chesley, Paisley, Markdale, Meaford, Owen Sound, Tara and Thornbury/Clarksburg.

 ·        Area 9 is in Michigan and consists of clubs in Brown City, Columbiaville, Crosswell, Imlay City and Lapeer.

 ·        The District Governor, like all Rotary officers, serves for a 1 year term. The Rotary year is from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

 ·        The District Governor is responsible for the appointment of the Assistant Governors. 

 ·        The District Conference is the annual meeting of District 6330 Rotary Clubs and provides an opportunity for joint business decisions to be made, District officers elected and ample amounts of fellowship opportunities.  All Rotarians are encouraged to attend the conferences.

 ·        Southampton Rotary has a President and Board of Directors and operates under an annual budget which shows expected fund raising and expense activities.

 ·        Annual membership dues are collected at the club level and a portion is forwarded to the District and another part to RI to sustain operations at those levels.

 ·        Major activities and events in the Southampton Club and the District are shown on the Calendar of Events.

 ·        With funds raised, Southampton Rotary supports the Saugeen Memorial Hospital, London Children’s Hospital, various minor sports organisations, Girl Guides, elementary and high school scholarships, literacy projects, youth leadership development programs, community development projects such as Perkins Park, Skate Park, Accessible Playground ( Jubilee Park)  and various local charitable events in addition to international development and disaster relief projects such as Polio Plus, an initiative to eradicate polio worldwide.

  Rotary Youth Clubs

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.

As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 7,000 clubs in about 163 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.

All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.


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