FAQs: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FAQs
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. The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and 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.
Absolutely not! This isn’t your Grandfather's Rotary. Rotary Clubs in Greater Victoria have a diverse membership of all ages, ranging from 18-90+. Worldwide, women are the fastest-growing segment of Rotary’s membership with 80,000 members. There are nearly 2,000 women club presidents and women are rapidly assuming leadership roles within Rotary.
Rotaract and Interact are Rotary organizations geared for 18 to 30 year-olds and high school students, giving younger people the chance to work on Rotary programs if they are not ready to join a Rotary Club.
There is no minimum age to join Rotary. If you’re interested in joining a Rotary club, contact our Rotary experts about the responsibilities of being a Rotarians.
Rotary International is made up of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. There over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.
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.
Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:
- Effecting change within the community.
- Developing leadership skills.
- Gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues.
- Developing relationships with community and business leaders.
Through Rotary's service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. Programs of The Rotary Foundation offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide.
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.
ROTARY CLUBS OF GREATER VICTORIA FAQs
If you want to meet a group of positive business and professional people who are interested in making Victoria and the world a better place, then come for a visit. We have a variety of charities and projects that we support both financially and with our efforts. The more you get involved, the more you get out of it. You will grow personally and develop many new, diverse and interesting friends while we work together to make the world a better place.
With over 500 members, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria include a broad range of businesses and professions. We have current and past CEOs and executives of many well known organizations. As well, we include small business owners, professionals and managers. Why not meet our local Rotarians.
It is a good idea to come along to a few meetings and meet some of our members and see if Rotary would be a good fit for you. During this time, the Rotary Club you are visiting will ensure that you are provided with information about Rotary International and the Rotary Club – this will assist you in deciding ‘if Rotary is for you’. If you wish to join a Club, your application for membership should be submitted to the members and Board of the Club for approval.
You can locate any Rotary Club in the Greater Victoria area by visiting our find a Rotary Club section. You will find a Google map showing where all the Rotary Clubs in the Greater Victoria area meet as well as links to the individual Rotary Clubs pages.
Each Rotary Club sets their dues individually. Dues are vital to both Rotary International and each Rotary Club. Rotary International dues connects us with a diverse range of clubs all over the world. RI is one of the best charities with making sure every dollar goes to the cause, not to overhead. Rotary Clubs uses dues to cover administrative costs and the day to day running of the club. Dues range from $300-1000+ a year (this includes your dues to Rotary International and your meals at meetings).
Attendance requirements are set by the individual Rotary Clubs. However, Rotary aims to be as flexible as possible with attendance. Members are encouraged to attend meetings on a regular basis. Attendance and socialising at a Rotary Club's weekly meetings are an important part of the fabric of the Club and provides the ‘glue’ that keeps us active in the community and successful with our service projects. We do, however, recognise that members have commitments other than Rotary and therefore do not insist on attendance at every meeting. As a general rule, it is recommended that Rotarians attend at least 50% of our meetings, volunteer events or fundraisers. On average, that is approximately two events a month.
Anyone aged 18-30 who does not feel ready to join a Rotary Club should consider becoming a member of a Rotaract Club. Rotaract. Rotaract is organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and volunteering in their community. They function in the same way as Rotary Clubs and are a great way to start your Rotary journey.
Interact 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.
One thing you will notice immediately is the welcoming atmosphere of Rotary Clubs. Before the meeting begins there is time to socialise. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of your fellow Rotarians and mingle with community and business leaders. We are a mixture of young and older members from diverse backgrounds - a invigorating group with many community connections.
Each Rotary Club is unique in how their meeting runs. Most Rotary Clubs offer a meal as part of their weekly meeting. You can usually expect to listen to engaging speaker, discover more about Rotary and learn about upcoming volunteer events and fundraisers.