Rotary Clubs come in all shapes and sizes ...
There are more than 33,000 Rotary
Clubs around the world and although they all share the same object, you will
not find two that are the same. This is because our greatest strength is our
diversity and Rotary Clubs are autonomous when it comes to how they serve their
community, what projects they take on and who they support.
Rotary Clubs implement projects
that not only serve their local community, but they also support national and
international projects too. Who they serve and how is entirely up to them. Rotary also has its own projects. Some Rotary
projects provide humanitarian aid on an international basis; others are more
locally based. We also facilitate projects for young people, such as our Rotary
Youth Leadership Award, Youth Exchange and competitions such as Rotary Young
Writer, Rotary Young Photographer, and Rotary Young Chef, etc.
The list of projects that Rotary Clubs
facilitate is endless and many are very creative and inspiring.
Rotary Clubs also work together
on global initiatives and collectively have managed to achieve great
things. One of the projects where Rotary
International is at the forefront is Polio eradication. We launched our
PolioPlus programme in 1985. We have contributed more than $1.5 billion and
countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122
countries. Our efforts to eradicate
polio have been described as one of the finest humanitarian projects the world
has ever known and Rotary has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In terms of structure, Rotary Clubs
have a President, Secretary and Treasurer. They will also have members that
chair their various committees or have a specific role, such as Health and
Some Clubs may have similar
traditions others do not. Some Clubs
share a meal as part of their meeting, some do not and other Clubs have both dining
and non-dining members.
Although Clubs are autonomous,
there is a standard Rotary Club constitution. All professional organisations
have policies and procedures and we are no different. The constitution deals
with how the Club is run. It ensures fairness and professionalism. It is
renewed every three years following resolutions to amend and improve.
Innovative and Flexible Clubs
however are allowed to adopt their own procedures. We are an innovative
organisation so we have to adapt and change and try new ways of doing things.
It is our ability to adapt and change that secures our survival.
Membership of Rotary is by invitation and offers many
benefits. It provides great opportunities for personal development and
friendships. You can read about the benefits of membership on this site.
There is an old adage that says the more you put into
something; the more you will get out. This is very true with Rotary.
Although our traditional Clubs meet weekly, members DO NOT
have to meet every week. There has never been such a rule.
Recognising the pressures of time and external
commitments, we are now becoming more innovative and flexible. The fantastic
projects we do around the world, such as ridding the world of Polio would not
happen without our members, so it is important for us to adapt to today’s
pressures and make membership a lot more flexible.
To this end we are forming new innovative and flexible Clubs
that can organise themselves to meet on their own terms and in ways in which
suits them best.
These innovative and flexible Clubs are proving popular
with younger people in work, with people just starting their own business and
with young married couples with children etc. The scope for networking,
socialising and doing some great community projects is proving to be very
exciting for our pioneers who are taking these Clubs forward.
With 1.2 million members around the world, we need
communications and administration. Rotary Club events are also insured. This comes from membership fees and we are
proud that 100% of funds we raise goes to where they are intended. Rotary can cost as little as £10 per
month. See FAQ page for further
The best way to get involved is to find a local Rotary Club
near you. Rotary Clubs will normally
suggest you go along and attend a few meetings to see if it is for you. If there is more than one Rotary Club in your
area, you may like to visit that one too. If you click on the Make An Enquiry
button at the bottom of this page, we will be happy to put you in touch with a Club
In addition to this, we are also forming new Clubs and
again you can see on this site where we are currently forming new Clubs. It is
intended that these Clubs will be innovative and flexible satellite Clubs.
If you would be interested in being part of these
developments, or have any questions about membership, please click on the
enquiry button below.