1. Professional Networking

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.


2. 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.


3. International Awareness

With more than 32,000 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.


4. Friendship

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.


5. 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.


6. Family Foundations

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.


7. Entertainment

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.


8. Ethical Environment


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:

1) Is it the


2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3) Will it


4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



9. Leadership Development

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.


10. 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.