Becoming a RotarianA Rotarian is a member of a Rotary Club that adheres to Rotary principles of service through friendship. Members are asked to contribute their skills and talents towards projects to benefit the community. A Rotarian is always welcome as a visitor at any Rotary club anywhere in the world – this opportunity to sample hospitality and share companionship with others from many cultures is a major benefit of membership.
Individual effort is a fine thing but there’s no limit to what can be achieved by working with others – as a Rotary Club member you enjoy the benefits of forming a wide circle of friends while using your skills to make the world a better place.
As a Rotarian you represent your industry or profession within your club, ensuring that project teams comprise members from a variety of backgrounds and vocations. Rotarians agree on the need to maintain high ethical standards in their professional lives, and to promote goodwill and encourage peaceful coexistence at all levels of society. Clubs aim to continually expand their membership.
Membership to a Rotary club is by invitation. A prospective member must:
- hold — or be retired from — a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position;
- have the capacity to meet the club's weekly attendance or community project participation requirements;
- live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area.
What does a Rotarian do?
Each member contributes time and skills to work on projects as part of a team. Your skills may include leadership, project management, organisation and people management, creativity and innovation, communication, technological skills – your desire to lend a hand is the most useful thing you have to offer.
Projects vary from small to large depending on the club’s resources and availability of members. Even small projects can have significant benefits to our community. Some examples:
Training young people in problem solving techniques, leadership skills and stress management helps them cope with a world of great expectations coupled with high unemployment.
Involvement in projects which beautify or conserve our community’s environment, demonstrates our commitment to future generations.
Showing compassion and assisting those less able to cope in our society due to temporary or permanent disadvantage works towards preventing a divisive ‘them and us’ attitude in the community.
Projects like these can enrich the lives of many and often require only small amounts of time and money. Rotarians believe it is important to use our talents to bridge the gap between those with less than ourselves, to bind our community together and create common goals and aspirations for a better society.
Rotarians act as facilitators: providing the will to make things happen and using our energy and skills to ensure a project’s success. Individual clubs determine the projects they will undertake. Larger projects, both local and international, can involve the raising of funds through a variety of means such as:
- Organisation of major events
- Recruitment of sponsors and benefactors
- Coordination of available grants and government funds
How Much Time is Required?
Members contribute to Rotary according to changing demands of family and work commitments. Rotary as an organisation recognises the need for members to place family and employment ahead of volunteer activities.
Clubs meet weekly throughout the year over lunch to hear guest speakers address varied and relevant topics. Members are encouraged to also work on one of the club’s project committees or take up a Board position, meeting once a month to plan and report on projects under their direction.
If a Rotarian is unable to attend meetings then Leave of Absence can be given where the club Board believes this is reasonable. If you can’t make your own club’s meeting you can visit another club and meet other Rotarians – and counts towards attendance of your own club.