Rotary Club of Mansfield, Texas

Why Join Rotary?

 

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

Leadership Development

 

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

Personal Growth and Development

 

Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.

 

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 include executives, managers, and professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.

Fun

 

Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The Club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.

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 of any community.

 

Citizenship in the World

 

Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 Clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.

Friendship

 

In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: The need for friendship and connecting with others. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

Business Development

 

The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

Continuing Education

 

Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.

 

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 their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.

 

Entertainment

 

Every Rotary Club and District has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds Conferences, Conventions, Assemblies, and Institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary Information, Education, and Service.

Nice People

 

Rotarians, above all, are nice people – the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.

Vocational Skills

 

Every Rotarian is expected to take 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 to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.

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.

 

The Development of Social Skills

 

Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills, and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.

Entertainment

 

Every Rotary Club and District has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds Conferences, Conventions, Assemblies, and Institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary Information, Education, and Service.

 

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.

Public Speaking Skills

 

Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.

 

The Absence of an “Official Creed”

 

Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.