Why Join Rotary?

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Maybe you’ve seen a need in your own community and wondered how you could help. Maybe you want to use your professional skills to help others — or even learn new skills. Maybe you’re seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in your community or abroad.

Whatever your reason, joining Rotary can help you achieve these goals, and so much more. See why these men and women are members of their local Rotary club. Then learn how you can get involved.

  • Community service
  •  Networking
  •  Leadership skills
  •  International service
  •  Friendship
  •  Family-friendly
  •  Opportunities for young people

There's something that all Rotary club members have in common: We take action. As community volunteers, we reach out to neighbors in need. We build, support, and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally.

Around the world and around the corner, the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary

  • Get involved in their communities
  • Connect with other professionals
  • Share their time and experience with young people
  • Support global causes, such as eradicating polio
  • Use their skills to help others

Whether you're a veteran volunteer or new to community service, we're looking for people like you. Answer a few questions and we'll help you get in touch with a club in your community.

Professional Networking
A founding principle of Rotary was to meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and
enlarge one’s circle of business and professional acquaintances. As the oldest
service club in the world, Rotary club members represent a cross-section of the
community’s owners, executives, managers, political leaders, and professionals
– people who make decisions and influence policy.
Service Opportunities
Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally
and internationally. Service programs address such concerns as health care,
hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and the environment. Rotarians experience the
fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.
International Awareness
With more than 32,000 clubs in over 200 countries & geographical areas,
Rotarians gain an understanding of humanitarian issues through international
service projects and exchange programs. One of Rotary’s highest objectives is to
build goodwill and peace throughout the world.
Rotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of
membership today. Club members enjoy the camaraderie with like-minded
professionals, and club projects offer additional opportunities to develop enduring
friendships. Rotary club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost
every city in the world.
Good Citizenship
Weekly Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place
in the community, nation, and world and motivated to make a difference.
Family Foundations
Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest youth exchange, educational
exchange, and scholarship programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training
opportunities and mentoring for young leaders and involve family members in a
wide range of social and service activities.
Social activities give Rotarians a chance to let loose and have fun. Every Rotary
club and district hosts parties and activities that offer diversions from today’s
demanding professional and personal schedules. Conferences, conventions,
assemblies, and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary
information, education, and service.
Ethical Environment
Encouraging high ethical standards in one’s profession and respect for all worthy
vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days. In their business
and professional lives, Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test:
Of the things we think, say or do:
1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Leadership Development
Rotary is an organization of successful professionals. Team building, fundraising,
public speaking, planning, organization, and communication are just a sampling
of the leadership skills that club members can exercise and enhance. Being a
Rotary leader provides further experience in learning how to motivate, inspire,
and guide others.
Diversity in Membership
Rotary’s classification system ensures that a club’s membership represents a
variety of the community’s professional men and women, including leaders in
business, industry, the arts, government, sports, the military, and religion. Rotary
clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.