The Benefits of Joining Rotary and Rotaract
 
Regardless of the type of club you choose to join, Rotary and Rotaract act offer a compelling list of reasons to become a member:  
 

Service Opportunities:

Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Rotary has seven (7) areas of focus.  Rotarians experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.
 

Friendship:

Rotary was founded on friendships and opportunities for fellowship -- an ideal that remains a major reason for members to join today. Club members enjoy opportunities for social events and include their own friends and family member with club projects.  Rotary club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city in the world.
 

Professional Training

Rotarians have access to hundreds of professional 'live' training webinars each year.  Rotary International maintains a library of hundreds of online courses that have been developed to build the leadership skills of all members. Rotary also has a strategic alliance with Toastmasters that can help members improve their communication and public speaking skills.      

Leadership Development:

Rotary is an organization of successful professionals. You will enjoy an opportunity for team building, fundraising, public speaking (enhanced with a recent partnership with Toastmasters), planning, organization, and communication.  Club members can exercise and enhance their skills in all areas, based on their wishes. Being a Rotary leader provides further experience in learning how to motivate, inspire, and guide others.
 
Women and men who are leaders in business, industry, science, arts, government, sports, the military, health services and many professions may join Rotary.  Rotary clubs are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
 

Networking:

Rotarians meet to hear interesting guest speakers about issues in their local community and around the globe.  You can grow your circle of friendships and meet business, community and professional contacts.  As the oldest service club in the world, Rotarians represent a cross-section of the community’s business owners and leaders.  Many are in public service, political leaders and professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.  People of Action
 

International Awareness:

With more than 34,000 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.
 

Good Citizenship:

Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world and motivated to make a difference.  Clubs meet at various schedules (weekly, bi-weekly etc.)
 

Youth and Family:

Rotary sponsors one of the world’s largest youth exchange, educational exchanges, 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.
 

Ethical Environment:

Ethics are at the heart of Rotary … doing the right thing in our profession and demonstrating respect for all work that people undertake.  From its earliest days Rotary has helped support business professionals and developed Rotary’s The Four-Way Test.  It is as follows:
 
Of the things we think, say or do:
1)         Is it the TRUTH?
2)         Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3)         Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4)         Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 

Ending Polio Forever:

In addition to the seven (7) areas of focus, Rotary continues to its work to eradicate polio.  After more than 35 years, our goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. We started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.
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