Rotary Membership-Development training hand-out

Why Rotary?

Friendship    Membership in Rotary fulfills the basic human need of friendship. In fact, it was one of the primary reasons Paul Harris started Rotary in 1905. We create lifelong friendships in our local & international communities. The relationships created in Rotary are with a network of local & international leaders whom we address by name & are considered our equals & peers.

Professional Development    Rotary is a network of business, professional & community leaders, who have a culture of high level of integrity & purpose. Our members are exposed to people every week in a vast range of vocations that can provide assistance to our business & professional development. Although we are not a business networking organization, we afford our members to be identified to the leaders in their local community. By this association, our members not only enhance their business, they learn from & identify with the leaders in their community. It was once said, “Rotary allows me to sit next to people every week that I would otherwise have to pay $250 an hour to meet.”

Personal Growth    Rotary takes ordinary individuals & puts them into extraordinary circumstances. Every week, you are exposed to new thoughts, new professions & new opportunities to learn. Our members develop broad social skills. A key part of Rotary is its internationalism, which gives our members to broaden their international scope, living & expression. Simply stated, membership in Rotary helps to make our members better – better individuals, community leaders, internationalists & humanitarians.

Leadership Development    A core value of Rotary is that we develop leaders & leadership skills. We provide leadership training at all levels of our organization. Rotary’s brand of leadership is distinctive. We teach how to lead leaders in the context of a volunteer organization. If you can be an effective leader in Rotary, you will be a better, more effective leader in your business. Being in Rotary positions is like a college education in leadership.

Community    Rotary clubs give our members a way to get involved in making their local communities better. Membership & involvement in a Rotary club makes an individual a better community citizen & more connected with community leaders & the needs of the community.

Continuing Education     Involvement in Rotary allows our members to broaden their perspective & improve their business skills. Attendance at the weekly meeting exposes our members to the meeting’s program, which include speakers talking on a variety of topics. Further, training is available for Rotarians who take on responsibility in the organization. Training in fund-raising, non-profit management, event production, communications, etc. will help you to grow in Rotary & develop additional business skills.

Fun    Rotary is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the service is fun. Our club meetings & other events are filled with fellowship, humor & entertainment. Every Rotary club & district has parties & activities that provide social fun & camaraderie. Our members are friendly, welcoming & engaging.

Public Speaking Skills    Rotary club meetings & events place a high value & regard on effective public speaking. Participating in a Rotary club helps our member to develop confidence & skills in public communication, & the opportunity to use it. Rotarians who get more involved will be exposed to higher levels of public-speaking training.

Global Citizens     Rotary is in 200+ countries & geographical regions. There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. This global presence gives our members the exclusive opportunity to create friends in both the local community & the world community. This global connection gives you the opportunity & vehicle to be a better global citizen. Members who are involved in international businesses will find access to global business, professional & community leaders a valuable asset.

Unique Travel Experience & Assistance     Members who travel will find that being a Rotarian will open doors throughout the world. “The Pin Gets You In!” Visiting a Rotary club while you are travelling will give you immediate access to local resources & information. Also, Rotary clubs everywhere can provide quick assistance in obtaining services of a doctor, lawyer, dentist, etc., while traveling.

Youth / New Generations Programs    Rotary provides one of the world’s largest, most-structured & responsible youth program. Our youth-exchange program (both our academic year & short-term, summer exchange) are recognized as one of the best & most cost- efficient available. We also have clubs in grade schools, middle schools, high schools & colleges / universities, that help students develop their leadership, social, organizational & communication skills. These youth programs are available to the family members of our Rotarians.

Develop Social Skills     Every week & at various events & functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social & people skills. Engagement with Rotary during international travel helps introduce Rotarians to new cultures & languages.

Opportunities for the Family     Involvement in a Rotary club immediately integrates the family into a community’s support network. Lifelong relationships & friendships are created that can support a family for years. Rotary service projects are an ideal opportunity for working with your children to teach them the value of helping others. Finally, Rotary Youth / New Generations programs can help the children of Rotarians to develop special skills & experiences that can distinguish them when they apply to colleges & universities.

Vocational Skills     Rotary fosters growth & development in each person’s profession or vocation & encourages sharing this development with others.

Ethics Treatment     One of Rotary’s core principles is the “4-Way Test,” which governs ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business & personal relationships. Further, Rotary presumes an ethical relationship among its members. Rotarians presume the goodness in one another, in both a business & volunteer capacity.

 Cultural Awareness     Rotary is a cross-section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians learn to love & work with people everywhere.

Prestige    Rotary is the oldest & most prestigious civic organization in the world. Membership in Rotary is by invitation only. Worldwide, Rotarians are recognized as some of the most prominent individuals in business, professions & the community. Being a Rotarian gives instant access to these people & helps to identify you as one of these individuals.

Community Connections     Membership in Rotary immediately connects you with a broad range of professions & professionals: in your club, city, region or globally. We encourage our members to do business with each other because we trust the members in Rotary. Vocational diversity is one of Rotary’s core values. Because of this diversity & our ethical treatment of one another, our members can have confidence in creating long-term business relationships.

The Opportunity to Serve     Service is what Rotarians do. We change the lives of others in need. Your membership in Rotary gives you the opportunity, structure, know-how & resources to provide service to others. The benefit a Rotarian receives by helping someone else is extraordinary & life affecting.

You Can Make a Difference – Locally & Globally     Rotary gives our members the ability to make a difference & provides an exclusive benefit to our members to follow their passion in helping others. Rotary empowers our membership to dream large in addressing needs in local & international communities. There is no other organization that has the structure, the network & resources that are available to its membership. Individual members create our projects– from the global eradication of polio, to a local beautification project. Our members determine our action. What you can dream, you can create.   What you can dream, you can do.

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