Questions & Answers about The Rotary Club
Q: Why would I want to become a member of this club?
A: You’ve seen a need in your own community and wondered how you could help. You want to use your professional skills to help others, you might even want to learn new skills. You are looking for connections with other service-minded professionals in your community or abroad.
Whatever your reason, joining Rotary can help you achieve these goals, and so much more. Quotes from Rotarians around the world:
“Being a Rotarian means serving your community, networking, making friends, and building international relationships.” Rotary Club of Accra-Airport, Ghana
“Rotary provides an environment for developing strong friendships and business relationships.” Rotary Club Kenosha West, Wisconsin
“Leadership is a key focus of Rotary. Through Rotary, you have the opportunity to expand your leadership skills and achieve your goals.” Rotary Club of Newark, New York
“If you truly want to give back to the community – and to the world at large – you join Rotary. It reaches across all barriers. To be part of that is very powerful.” Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario
“I found a fellowship where every nation, every color, all of humanity can be like a family. I’ve got a place where I can serve my people and serve the world.” Rotary Club of Tanzania
“We want families with children to join Rotary, so we try to be very flexible. Family commitments always take precedence.” Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, Newfoundland
“A great tool Rotary has is its educational programs. I was an exchange student (Rotary Youth Exchange) in Switzerland in high school. That’s how I got involved and what made me want to give back.” Rotaract Club of Chicago, Illinois
Q: What kind of requirements do I need to be eligible to join Rotary?
A: Rotary club members are men and women of all ages and professional backgrounds who use their talents, skills, and energy to improve the lives of people in communities at home and around the world. Each Rotary club has a unique membership process.
Q: What kind of humanitarian goals does Rotary have right now?
A: The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation have identified six areas of focus. These areas reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide.
Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
The Foundation enables Rotarians to promote the practice of peace and conflict prevention/ resolution by:
- Training leaders, including potential youth leaders, to prevent and mediate conflict
- Supporting peace-building in communities and regions affected by conflict
- Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to peace and conflict prevention/ resolution
Disease prevention and treatment
The Foundation enables Rotarians to prevent disease and promote health by:
- Improving the capacity of local health care professionals
- Promoting disease prevention programs, with the goal of limiting the spread of communicable diseases and reducing the incidences of and complications from non-communicable diseases
- Enhancing the health infrastructure of local communities
- Educating and mobilizing communities to help prevent the spread of major disease.
- Preventing physical disability resulting from disease or injury
- Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to disease prevention and treatment
Water and sanitation
The Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that people have sustainable access to water and sanitation by:
- Providing equitable community access to safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene
- Strengthening the ability of communities to develop, fund and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems
- Supporting programs that enhance communities’ awareness of the benefits of safe water, sanitation and hygiene
- Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to water and sanitation
Maternal and child health
The Foundation enables Rotarians to improve the health of mothers and their children by:
- Reducing the mortality and morbidity rate for children under the age of five
- Reducing the maternal mortality and morbidity rate
- Improving access to essential medical services, trained community health leaders, and health care providers for mothers and their children
- Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to maternal and child health
Basic education and literacy
The Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy by:
1. Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all
2. Increasing adult literacy in communities
3. Working to reduce gender disparity in education
4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to basic education and literacy
Economic and community development
The Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable, and long – term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by:
1. Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities
2. Developing opportunities for productive work
3. Reducing poverty in underserved communities
4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development
Q: What kind of events has the club p-romoting this year?
A: This year RCOW promoted the following activities:
– A Golf Tournament,
– The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence,
– The Waffle booth at Midnight Madness,
– A beer tent at the Jazz Festival.
Q: Are there any special activities or projects that involves young people?
A: RCOW sponsored the Rotaract Club of Oakville. We also mentor high school students through
Interact. There is a Camp Enterprise each year for high school students. This is a business boot camp and has had life changing impact on many who attend. There is RYLA – a Rotary Leadership Camp for
Q: Are there any activities or projects that take Global Warming, Eco programs,
Species protection or Mother Nature care?
A: While Rotary is always looking for projects that can help the world, the programs
designed for water and sanitation and for disease control would have the biggest impact.
Q: What is the relationship between Rotary International and RCOW? What kind of support does Rotary International have with this club? There is a manual describing the relationship between Rotary Clubs and Rotary International, for both monetary and service obligations.
A: The Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:
•Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the club’s effective functioning.
•Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
•Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
•International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
•New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.
Q: What other kinds of organizations are supporting RCOW now?
A: Rotary is self supporting. We are member driven and expected to be sustainable
through our own initiatives. We fund raise to enable us to provide funding for the
community and world initiatives we choose.
Q: How is the current RCOW member’s profile?
A: My guess would be that the list isn’t up to date on the website. Although I do know that
Club Runner is kept current on all new members.
Q: What kind of programs is RCOW currently running or promoting?
A: Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Camp Enterprise – all geared to youth.
A: We sponsor a trip to Disney every other year for a group of kids with
– Developing countries Initiatives
A: Lots through Rotary International – we aren’t involved right now.
– Mentoring Programs?
A: Definitely needed, but not in place. It was a need from Baboo’s survey.
– Children’s Aid?
A: We will often donate if approached by a local organization.
– Community Recognitions?
A: We sponsor The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence
– Disease Control?
A: We support Polio and have almost reached a polio free world.
A: n/a except we host a golf tournament each year as a fund raiser.
– Opportunities of service?
A: we are all volunteers and do what we can, when asked.
Q: How do I become a member? What to do?
A: If you’re interested in joining a local Rotary club, submit a prospective membership form, though individuals must be sponsored or proposed for membership into a club.
Often, a person being considered for membership is invited by a club member, or sponsor, to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. In this case, the sponsor submits the candidate’s name to the club’s membership committee. Membership in a Rotary club is by invitation only.
Q: What are the qualifications for membership?
A: Prospective members must
• Hold (or be retired from) a professional, proprietary, executive, managerial, or
• Have demonstrated a commitment to service through personal involvement
• Be able to meet the club’s weekly attendance or community project participation requirements
• Live or work within the vicinity of the club or surrounding area
Q: What are the responsibilities of membership?
A: Members are expected to attend weekly club meetings. They must pay annual dues to their clubs, their Rotary district, and Rotary International, and they’re expected to participate in local or international Rotary club activities or projects. Clubs encourage members to aspire to club leadership or committee roles.
Q: What are the attendance requirements?
A: An attendance record of 50 percent is required to remain an active Rotarian. Any missed meeting must be made up within 14 days before or after the regular meeting. To accommodate busy schedules, there are various opportunities to make up missed meetings. .
Q: How much are dues to Rotary?
A: If you’re interested in joining RCOW, attend a weekly meeting and ask this question.
Q: What is the minimum age to be in Rotary?
A: There is no minimum age to join Rotary. You may be invited to join at any age after you become established in a career and have the time and financial resources to meet all Rotary club membership requirements. If you’re interested in joining a Rotary club, ask members about the time and financial commitments necessary to fulfill membership requirements, and consider whether you can make those commitments.
Q: Are college students eligible for membership?
A: No. Rotarians have achieved a level of career experience that enables them to bring a specialization to their club, and students haven’t yet reached a level in their professional and personal lives that allows them to fulfill all aspects of Rotary club membership. But undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young adults, may become members of a Rotaract Club.
Q: Is there a way for high school students to get involved?
A: Yes. Interact, this is a Rotary-sponsored service club for those ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs give young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.
Q: What is the Rotary Mission?
A: The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance
world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Q: Is there a Fast Line to be a member if I were a Rotary Member in my country?
A: No, but if you are a Rotary member, you can visit clubs around the world. Rotary
International is an association of Rotary clubs worldwide. It’s made up of more than
33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. They form a global
network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and
talents to serve their communities and the world. Individual Rotary clubs, in turn,
belong to the global association called Rotary International
Q: Is there a Fast Line to NON members?
A: Ask a Rotarian to invite you to a club meeting, see if there is a synergy between you and the
members. If you like what you experience, ask for someone to sponsor you. Once you have a sponsor, membership will happen.
Q: What are you considering to facilitate new member’s rules or requirements?
A: We are using the survey for our club guidelines. We will also refer to District and
International for their input.
Q: Is the member’s e-mail list available from all districts?
A: Not that I’m aware of. It could be posted on a District website.
Q: Is there any difference between District Newsletter and Club Newsletter?
A: I believe so – see the District website that covers 7080 http://www.rotary7080.org