WHY JOIN ROTARY?

1.  FRIENDSHIP:
Rotary provides the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

2.  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:
Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary is a cross section of every business community. We help each other and collectively help others.

3.  PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT:
Rotary membership 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 provides learning opportunities about how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.

5.  CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY:
Rotary club membership makes one a better community citizen. 

6.  CONTINUING EDUCATION:
Rotary has a weekly program designed to keep you informed about what is going on in the community, nation and world. 

7.  FUN:
Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.

8.  PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS:
Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.

9.  CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD:
Rotarians wear a pin that says “Rotary International.” All are welcome and encouraged to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. 

10.  ASSISTANCE WHEN TRAVELING:
Rotary clubs everywhere help Rotarians in need of a doctor. lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc. while traveling. 

11.  ENTERTAINMENT:
Rotary clubs and District host parties and activities. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to training information about education and service.

12.  THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SKILLS:
Rotary develops personality, social skills and people skills. 

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 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.

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

17.  PRESTIGUE:
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, professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.

18. 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.

19.  ABSCENCE OF OFFICAL 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.

20. 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.