I joined Rotary Club last year and it has been a great ride for me – their motto “Service above Self” resonates with my core belief. In other to promote such great cause, I invited Kunle Sonukan, the Charter President of Rotary Club, Ishara Golden, to our ongoing Project Management Class in May to speak on Rotary Projects with the participants and it was a blast. He expounded on 20 reasons why our PM participants should endeavor to join Rotary. Kindly see below:
If you don’t know, the stated purpose of Rotary is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It has over 1.22 million members and over 33, 976 clubs all over the world. It is implied that if you are a member of Rotary, you are a citizen of the world because Rotary is in almost all the nations of the world. Please, kindly read 20 reasons to join Rotary by Rotarian Kunle popularly called Big Brother:-
- FRIENDSHIP: In an increasing complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs, the need for friends and fellowship. It is one of the two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
- BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP: The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning: everyone needs a network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every community. Its members come from all works of life.
- PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in Leadership; learning how to motivate, influence and lead others.
- CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY: Membership in a Rotary Club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary Club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
- CONTINUING EDUCTION: Each week at Rotary meetings, there is a program designed to keep one informed as to what is going on in the community, nation and world. Different speakers, different topics.
- FUN: Rotary is fun; the club project are fun. Social activities are fun and the services are fun.
- PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS: Many an individual who joined Rotary are afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and opportunity.
- CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says; Rotary International and, every Rotarian is welcome and even encouraged to attend at 28, 000 clubs in 188 nations and geographical regions. There are few places in the globe that does not have a Rotary Club. Instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
- ASSISTANCE WHEN TRAVELLING: Because there are Rotary Clubs everywhere, many Rotarians have needed a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentists, advice, etc. while travelling – they have found such quickly through Rotary.
- ENTERTAINMENT: Every Rotary Club and District has parties and activities which provide diversions in one’s business life. Rotary has conferences, diversions, conventions, assemblies and institutes, which provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education and service.
- THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SKILL: Every week and at various events and functions. Rotary develops one’s personality, social and people skill. Rotary is for people who like people or who want to.
- FAMILY PROGRAMS: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs, high school and college clubs for future Rotarians, spouse clubs and programs, and a host of activities designed to assist family members in growth and the development of family values.
- VOCATIONAL SKILLS: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own professional vocation to serve on communities and to teach youths about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, or (whatever one does for a living).
- THE DEVELOPMENT OF ETHICS: Rotarian practice a 4-WAY TEST which governs one’s ethical standards, Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
- CULTURAL AWARENESS: Around the world, practically every religion, country, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color and ethical identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of world’s most prominent citizen from every background. Rotarians become aware of the other cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their country in the process.
- PRESTIGE: Rotary members are prominent people; leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sport, military, religion and all discipline. Rotary is the oldest and the most prestigious service club in the world. They consist of executives, managers and professional; people who make decision and influence policy. Not everyone is invited to join Rotary.
- NICE PEOPLE: Rotarians above all, are nice people: the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who adhere to policy that is while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.
- THE ABSENCE OF “OFFICIAL CREED”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
- THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Rotary is a Service Club. It’s business is mankind, it’s product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both the local and international communities. This is the best reason perhaps of becoming a Rotarian; the chance to do something for somebody else. And to sense the self-fulfillment which come with the process. And the return to one’s own life. Rotarians believe in service above self; it is richly rewarding. “IT PROFITS MOST WHO SERVES BEST”
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