Be inspired

 

Whether it immunising over 2 Billion (yes, with a B!) children  in the fight against Polio, helping provide clean water and sanitation, education, health services, or one of the thousands of small local projects that can create a better world, Rotary is there.

 

Rotary is the worlds premier service organisation.  We emphasise friendship, integrity and service to others.  There are over 1.2 million members in 34,0000 clubs worldwide.  All dedicated to "Service about self".  When you join Rotary you have access to any Rotary Club in the world.  Find out about Rotary by being a guest at one of our meetings.

 

So be inspired - If you want to help change the world, you can!  There are countless stories of people who have changed lives through Rotary.  Whether is working in your community or around the world, Rotary gives you both the opportunity and the means to fulfill your vision of how to help.

 

  • Rotarians have provided prosthesis limbs to those who have lost their legs

  • Cataract surgeries to those who have lost their sight

  • Clean water to those that are thirsty

  • etc

WHY SHOULD I JOIN A ROTARY CLUB?

As a member, you'll find opportunities to network and develop your professional skills. You can take the lead in developing projects, organizing events, and running your club. Through these activities, you'll hone your project planning skills, improve your public speaking, and even learn new skills, like public relations, social media, and fundraising.

You'll spend time with friends and make new ones every week! Make it a family affair. Members are encouraged to invite their spouse or partner, children, and parents to help with service projects and attend club events. Rotary offers opportunities for all ages, from service clubs for youth and young adults (Interact and Rotaract) to exchanges that give young and old alike the chance to explore new cultures.

HOW DO I JOIN?

Members are invited to join clubs in their communities. Each club is unique with its own personality and focus. Let Rotary introduce you to a club that matches your interests.

Follow these steps:

  • Use Club Finder to locate a club in your area or find an e-club

  • Click on the name of the club that interests you to ask about joining

  • Rotary will contact clubs on your behalf to ask about membership. Still have questions? Write us atmembershipdevelopment@rotary.org.

Guiding Principles

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Four-way test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  • Is it the TRUTH?

  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?

  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.

  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. 

  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.

  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.

  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange