Rotary members join for many reasons. Being with an organization with other managers or professionals is one of the reasons. Others join for friendship, a chance to help their community or to learn more about leadership or management skills. There are many needs in the community - and in the world - that are not seen or met by governments or other organizations. Rotary uses the skills and resources of its members to identify community service needs, to design projects to meet those needs and to provide professional commitment to complete the projects.
I promised you 10 good reasons so here they are:
- Friendship - In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs, the need for friends and fellowship. It is one of the two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
- Business Development - This is the second original reason for Rotary's beginning. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of the business community; its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help one another, and collectively help others.
- Personal Growth and Development - Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development.
- Leadership Development - Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like an education in 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 some of the most active citizens of the community.
- Continuing Education - Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed as to what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Different speakers, different topics.
- Fun - Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And, the service is fun.
- Public Speaking Skills - Rotary develops one’s confidence and skill in public communication.
- Citizenship in the World - Every Rotarian wears a pin that says: "Rotary International." Every Rotarian is welcome- even encouraged to attend- at over 32,000 clubs in the 168 nations and geographical regions. Rotarians have friends in both one's own community and in the world community.
- Assistance When Traveling - Many Rotarians take advantage of clubs worldwide. A Rotarian who has needed a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has connected through Rotary.
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