Want to Learn More About Rotary?
When you join Rotary, you really join an individual club. Locating a club and attending a meeting is the best way to learn about Rotary. There are 57 clubs in our 14-county District, and each has their own unique personality. So, you may want to visit several different clubs before making a decision.
Click here for a map of where clubs in our District meet.
You can also learn a lot about our District on this website, and about Rotary International at the Rotary International website.
If you have questions or would like someone to contact you regarding membership, please contact our District Membership Chair Glenn Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-890-0780. He can connect you with clubs in your area, or refer you to one of our Assistant Governors in that area, who will be familiar with the characteristics of the different clubs.
Is Rotary Right for Me?
Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves. A Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in our communities. Those with a "Service Above Self" mentality who like to meet new people tend to thrive in Rotary.
In addition, programs of the Rotary Foundation offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide. More than 1.2 million Rotarians make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe.
Links to a few good resources are at the bottom of this page, and on different pages throughout our website. Please spend some time reviewing them.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
Service Opportunities Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Service programs address such concerns as health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and the environment. Rotarians experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.
With more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographic 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.
Rotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of membership today. Club members enjoy the camaraderie with like-minded professionals, and club projects offer additional opportunities to develop enduring friendships. Rotary club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city in the world.
Encouraging high ethical standards in one's profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days. In their business and professional lives, Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test: 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?
Good Citizenship Weekly
Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world and motivated to make a difference.
Rotary sponsors some of the world's largest youth exchange, educational exchange, 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.
Social activities give Rotarians a chance to let loose and have fun. Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and activities that offer diversions from today's demanding professional and personal schedules. Conferences, conventions, assemblies, and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education, and service.
A founding principle of Rotary was to meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and enlarge one's circle of business and professional acquaintances. As the oldest service club in the world, Rotary club members represent a cross-section of the community's owners, executives, managers, political leaders, and professionals - people who make decisions and influence policy.
Rotary is an organization of successful professionals. Team building, fundraising, public speaking, planning, organization, and communication are just a sampling of the leadership skills that club members can exercise and enhance. Being a Rotary leader provides further experience in learning how to motivate, inspire, and guide others.
Diversity in Membership
Rotary's classification system ensures that a club's membership represents a variety of the community's professional men and women, including leaders in business, industry, the arts, government, sports, the military, and religion. Rotary clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
A FEW GOOD RESOURCES