August is Rotary Membership and Extension Month. Here’s a cheat sheet of quick answers to the question WHY JOIN ROTARY?
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary pro-vides one of the most basic human needs – friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary was founded in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is promoting business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross-section of the business community. Our members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one‘s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Membersimprove leadership skills – such as learning how to motivate, influence, and lead others while serving the community.
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The Roseville Rotary club consists of active community leaders who share the goal of making the community even better.
6. Continuing Education: Each program at Rotary is designed to keep the membership up-to-date about what is happening in the community, nation and world. Each meeting provides an op-portunity to engage with stimulating speakers on a broad range of timely topics.
7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club service projects are fun. Social activities are fun.
8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were uncomfortable speaking in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian in any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations 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 meetings anywhere in the world. It is an amazing experience to feel the common bonds and values of Rotary with people from all cultures throughout the world.
10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a traveling Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, dentist, hotel, or advice while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
11. 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 and service.
12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week at various events and functions, Rotarians develop people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world‘s largest international youth exchange programs: high school and college experiences for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities which strengthen families.
14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to participate in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; and to teach youth about one‘s career or vocation. Rotary helps make us all more effective at our chosen career.
15. Ethical Development: Rotarians practice the 4-Way Test 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 leaders 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. Prestige: Rotary members are 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, and professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy throughout the world.
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 more important to be nice.
19. The Absence of an “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is humankind. 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 experience the self-fulfillment that comes in the process. It is a richly rewarding experience.
“He profits most who serves best.”
(Reprinted) Richard D. King, Rotary International President 2001-02