What is Rotary?
Rotary brings together community leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to share their ideas for making the world a better place. By combining their distinct skills and expertise, Rotary members are tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems – from local initiatives like feeding the hungry to global efforts like eradicating polio. It all begins at the weekly club meeting, where members catch up with friends, hear what’s happening in their community, and organize club activities and service projects. It’s a fun way to connect with the people in your community who share your passion for doing good.
Why should I join a Rotary Club?
You’ll make valuable connections with community leaders who care about the issues facing your hometown and hometowns around the world. And you’ll have the chance to apply your personal experience and professional skills to solve these challenges and create positive change.
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.
What are some of the efforts with which a Rotarian gets involved?
Each year the club seeks to participate with worthwhile community projects and Rotary International’s efforts globally (i.e. the ongoing Polio Plus effort which has done much to eradicate the disease in much of the world) . Locally these could include volunteer work at the Corvallis Fall Festival, Rotary Movie Night, Special Needs Picnic, Rotary Children’s Holiday Fair, the Benton County Fair to name a few. Other projects are common through community requests and participation is encouraged as your schedule allows. These projects vary from helping out our many local non-profits to building enhancements for our schools and parks locally.
What is the club’s dues structure? Financial expectations?
Dues are billed quarterly and kept to a minimum for affordability, currently $60 per quarter. The only significant expense is the weekly meal that ranges from $10-12. There are optional foundation donations that can be included in your dues to the local Benton County Foundation or the Rotary International Foundation. Participation in Rotary International leads to a Paul Harris Fellowship for the member.
Is my family allowed to participate in club activities?
Absolutely. Guests are encouraged at meetings and most all functions (events, service projects, etc.) are designed to include family participation.
What type of social activities does the club have?
In addition to our weekly meetings, our club frequently has fellowship meetings, service project events, and holiday functions.
Can I participate in International service projects?
Active participation in Rotary at all levels is deeply encouraged and valued.
How many members are in the club and what are the demographics of the club?
We have a roster of approximately 100 members, including a mix of professionals, men and women. We continually strive to diversify our membership in all categories to include a mix of professional expertise.
Rotary boast over 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 clubs worldwide. In nearly every corner of the world, you’ll find a Rotary member who puts out motto, Service above Self, into practice to make the world a better place.
Isn’t Rotary a club for old men?
Over 30% of our members are women. 10% of our members are in their twenties or thirties. We have been increasingly successful in attracting a diverse membership that join for service and stay for fellowship.