Posted by Pat Leeney
20 Reasons to Join Rotary

1.  Friendship
In an increasingly 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.

2. Business Development
The second original reason for Rotary's beginning. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every
business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help one another, and collectively help others.

3. Personal Growth and Development
Membership in Rotary continues ones growth and education in human relations and personal development.

4. 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 leaders.

5. 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.

6. Continuing Education 
Rotary meetings frequently include a program designed to keep one informed as to what is going on in the community, nation and world.
Different speakers, different topics.

7. Fun
Rotary is fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the service is fun.

8. Public Speaking Skills
Many an individual who joined Rotary was afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication. 

9. Citizenship in the World
Every Rotarian wears a pin that says: "Rotary International". And every Rotarian is welcome
- even encouraged to attend - at
28,000 clubs in 188 nations and geographical regions. There are few places on the globe, which do not have a Rotary club. Instant
friends in both ones own community and in the world community.

10. Assistance When Traveling
Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian who has needed a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found same quickly through the local Rotary club.  

11. Entertainment
Every Rotary Club and district have parties and activities, which provide diversion in ones business life. Rotary has conferences, conventions, assemblies and institute which provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education and service.

12. The Development of Social Skills
Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops ones personality, social and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people, or who want to.

13. Family Programs
Rotary provides one of the worlds 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.

14. Vocational Skills
Every Rotarian is expected to take a part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about ones job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher (or whatever one does for a living) etc.

15. The Development of Ethics
Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test which governs ones ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

16. Cultural Awareness
Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of other cultures and learn to live and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.

17. Prestige
Rotary members are prominent people; leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks are executives, managers, professionals; people who make decisions and influence policy. 

18. Good People
Rotarians above all are good people. They are important people who adhere to the policy that while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.

19. 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.

20. The Opportunity to Serve
Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind; its product is service. Rotarians provide community service -
to both the local and international communities. This is the best reason perhaps for becoming a Rotarian; the chance to do something for somebody else. And to sense the self-fulfillment which comes in the process. And the return to ones own life. Rotarians believe in service above self, it is richly rewarding.