Clubs are also encouraged to develop a strong membership information
program that educates the prospective Rotarian on the benefits and
responsibilities of being a Rotarian before the member is inducted. RIís
Web site (www.rotary.org) provides more information on the three new
member stages: information, invitation, and induction.
Why Join Rotary?
Professional Networking: A founding principle of Rotary was to
provide a forum for professional and business leaders. Members are
leaders in business, industry, the professions, the arts, government,
sports, the military, and religion. They make decisions and influence
policy. Rotary is the oldest, most prestigious service-club
organization in the world.
The Opportunity to Serve: Rotarians provide service at both the
community and international levels. Service programs address health
care needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, disaster relief, and
environmental cleanups, to name a few. Members experience the
fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.
Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary ensures
continuing personal and professional development. Leadership, public
speaking and communication, organization and planning, team-building,
fundraising, and teaching are just a sampling of the skills that can
be exercised and enhanced through Rotary.
Friendship: Fellowship was a primary reason Rotary was started
in 1905, and it remains a major attraction. Today, with more than
30,000 Rotary clubs in over 160 countries, Rotarians have friends
wherever they go. Rotary helps to build community as well as enduring
Cultural Diversity: Rotary International is an association of
local clubs in many countries. Clubs are open to members of every
ethnic group, political persuasion, language, and religious belief.
Rotary clubs contain a cross-section of the world's leaders. They
practice and promote tolerance.