Why Join Rotary
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.
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.
Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization 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 a Rotary club makes one a better
community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of
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.
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,
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
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,
professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
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
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
Rotary is FUN.