“Why Rotary?” is a question that has been asked since the founding of the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905.
Today there are more than 1.2 million Rotarians today, in more than 32,200 clubs, in 532 Rotary Districts and in more than 200 countries around the world.
Rotarians are business and community leaders who choose to give back to our communities in order to make them a better place for everyone to live, work and play.
For more than a hundred years, Rotary International has had a positive influence on improving the quality of living for humanity. There are very few people on this globe that have not been impacted by the work of Rotary.
Wherever you look you will see evidence of the presence of Rotary; Rotary meeting signs, community projects, and community events sponsored by Rotary.
Here a few good reasons to consider “Why Rotary”
A basic human need: One of the two reasons Paul Harris began Rotary in 1905.
The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning. Everyone needs to network.
Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in Leadership.
Membership and involvement in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen.
Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to inform and enlighten.
Rotary is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the service is fun.
Public Speaking Skills
Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication, and the opportunity to use it.
Citizenship in the World
There are few places on the globe which do not have a Rotary club – instant friends in both the local community and in the world community.
Rotary clubs everywhere may assist in quickly obtaining services of a doctor, lawyer, dentist, etc., while traveling.
Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide social fun and camaraderie.
Develop Social Skills
Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social and people skills.
Next Generation Programs
Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians, and youth leadership programs
Rotary fosters growth and development in each person’s profession or vocation and encourages sharing this development with others.
Rotarians practice a 4-way Test which governs ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
Rotary is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians learn to love and work with people everywhere.
Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world.
Rotarians are important people who adhere to the policy that while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.
No "Official Creed
Rotary is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
The Opportunity to Serve
Rotary is a service club. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else.