Answers to the Question:
Why Join Rotary?
The reasons can be any or all of these, as follows:
In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of the 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 works of life. Rotarians help each other.
Personal Growth and Development :
Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal developement.
Leadership Development :
Rotary is an organisation of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership : learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
Citizenship in the Community :
Membership in the Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average rotary club consist of the most active citizens of any community.
Continuing Education :
Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep all 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.
Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
Public Speaking Skills :
Many individuals who joined rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communications and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
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 29000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both ones own community and in the world community.
Assistance when Travelling :
Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice etc. while travelling has found assistance through Rotary.
Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in ones business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
The Development of Social Skills :
Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops ones personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
Family Programs :
Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programmes; high school and college clubs for fuure Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
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 reach youth about ones job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.
The Development of Ethics :
Rotarians practice a four way test that governs ones ethical standard. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
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 of every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learnt to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
Rotary members are prominent people who are leaders of business, professions, art, government, sports, military, religion and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service clubs in the world. it ranks include executives, managers, professional – people who make decisions and influence policy.
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.
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.
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 intrnaional communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else; 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.