Rotary International is a global network of service volunteers of business and professional people that provide humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.
It is the world's largest service organisation for business and professional people, with approximately 1.2 million members operating in 166 countries world-wide.
There are some 58,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland in 1,845 clubs, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace. Its a fulfilling role, and Rotarians can get involved as much or as little as their time will allow.
But there is much more. Clubs meet on a regular basis, which allows members to build firm friendships. Every Rotarian has a right to attend any Club meeting anywhere in the world, so there is always somewhere to go, and people to meet, wherever business or leisure travel may take you.
Various Clubs have different emphases, which can reflect differences in size. A small market town may have a Club of perhaps 20 members, whereas in large centres the number can be closer to 100. Some concentrate on local community or vocational projects. Others link up with a sister club in another country to undertake an international project. Each Club decides how it wants to use the resources it has available.
Membership of Rotary
Recruiting new members is vital to the Rotary club's long term success, and so we put a great deal of emphasis on expanding our membership with enthusiastic and service-minded individuals.
Prospective members must actively hold -or be retired from -a professional, proprietary, executive or managerial position. And they must have the desire and ability to serve and to meet the club's attendance requirements for its weekly meetings.
An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. However this should not stop anyone who feels that they might like to become a Rotarian from indicating an interest, either by speaking to a Rotarian, or by getting in touch with us - with no obligation on either side.
We maintain a list of the types of businesses and professions in our community and seek candidates to fill classifications not already held by an active member of the club, but classifications are many and varied.
Examples of classifications include, for example: Schools; Universities; Eye Surgery; Tyres -Distributing; Tyres -Retailing; Dramatic Arts; Law -civil.) In this manner, the club aims to include a significant cross section of its community's vocational life, and has the widest possible resources and expertise for its service programs and projects.
If you are interested, we really would like to hear from you..