10 Answers to the Question: Why Join Rotary?
1. 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. It gives you 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.
2. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations, personal development and leadership.
3. 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.
4. 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 and encouraged to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographic regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
5. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905. Rotary is fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun as are the social activities and service activities.
6. 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 variety of timely topics.
7. 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.
8. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, culture, race, creed, 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.
9. 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.
10. The Absence of an “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no secret creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.