Frequently Asked Questions WHAT IS ROTARY? Rotary   is   an   organization   of   business   and   professional   leaders   united   worldwide   who   provide   humanitarian   service,   encourage   high   ethical   standards   in   all vocations,   and   help   build   goodwill   and   peace   in   the   world.   In   more   than   166   countries   worldwide,   approximately   1.2   million   Rotarians   belong   to   more   than 31,000 Rotary clubs. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN A ROTARY CLUB? 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 - community and international issues.    • Developing relationships with community and business leaders. Through Rotary's various service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN A ROTARY CLUB? An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. Prospective members must:    • hold - or be retired from - a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position;    • have the capacity to meet the club's weekly attendance or community project participation requirements;    • live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area. WHAT IS A PRIMARY GOAL OF A ROTARY CLUB? A   primary   goal   of   a   Rotary   club   is   to   continually   expand   the   club   with   committed   members   who   have   the   interest   and   ability   to   get   involved   in   service   to community and humanitarian projects.   HOW ARE CLUBS GROUPED? Clubs   are   grouped   into   530   Rotary   districts,   each   led   by   a   district   governor   who   is   an   officer   of   Rotary   International   and   represents   the   RI   Board   of   Directors   in the field. Though selected by the clubs of the district, a governor is elected by all of the clubs worldwide meeting in the RI Convention. WHAT IS THE MEMBERSHIP PROCESS? Often   a   person   being   considered   for   membership   is   invited   by   a   member   or   sponsor   to   attend   one   or   more   club   meetings   to   learn   more   about   Rotary.   The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the club's membership committee. WHAT IS AN "ACTIVE" MEMBER? The Rotary Club of Silver City defines an active member as a Rotarian who: 1. Attends, or makes up, at least 60% of all meetings each quarter, and 2. Is in financial good standing with the club. This means having paid when due and payable: A. All meeting fees and membership dues, B. Missed meeting fees for all meetings that are neither attended nor made up, and C. All assessed fees and obligations. I AM INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP, BUT DO NOT KNOW A ROTARIAN IN TOWN. HOW CAN I BECOME A ROTARIAN? First,   you   might   want   to   look   at   the   Member   List   under   the   Members   tab   above   to   see   if   you   may   know   a   Silver   City   Rotarian   after   all.   If   it   turns   out   that   you don’t   know   any   current   Rotarians   you   can   contact   the   local   club   directly.   You   can   send   an   email   to   info@silvercityrotary.org ,   or   send   regular   mail   to   the   Rotary Club of Silver City at P. O. Box 867, Silver City, NM, 88062. WHAT IS THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF ROTARY? The   main   objective   of   Rotary   is   service   -   in   the   community,   in   the   workplace,   and   throughout   the   world.   Rotarians   develop   community   service   projects   that address   many   of   today's   most   critical   issues,   such   as   children   at   risk,   poverty   and   hunger,   the   environment,   illiteracy,   and   violence.      They   also   support   programs for   youth,   educational   opportunities   and   international   exchanges   for   students,   teachers,   and   other   professionals,   and   vocational   and   career   development.   The Rotary motto is Service Above Self. HOW DID ROTARY GET STARTED? The   world's   first   service   club,   Rotary   began   with   the   formation   of   the   Rotary   Club   of   Chicago,   Illinois,   on   February   23,   1905.   The   club   was   started   by   a   young lawyer,   Paul   P.   Harris,   and   three   of   his   friends.   He   wished   to   recapture   the   friendly   spirit   he   had   felt   among   business   people   in   the   small   town   where   he   had grown up. Their weekly meetings "rotated" among their offices, thereby providing the new service club with its name. WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE ROTARY CLUB OF SILVER CITY MEET? The   Rotary   Club   of   Silver   City   conducts   a   luncheon   meeting   weekly   on   Tuesday   at   12:00PM   at   the   in   the   Student   Cafeteria   in   the   Thomas   B.   McDonald   Memorial Student Center at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM. WHAT IS ROTARY'S UNITED SERVICE PROGRAM? Although   Rotary   clubs   develop   autonomous   service   programs,   all   Rotarians   worldwide   are   united   in   a   campaign   for   the   global   eradication   of   polio.   In   the   1980s, Rotarians   raised   $240   million   to   immunize   the   children   of   the   world;   by   2005,   Rotary's   centenary   year   and   the   target   date   for   the   certification   of   a   polio-free world,   the   PolioPlus   program   will   have   contributed   $500   million   to   this   cause.   In   addition,   Rotary   has   provided   an   army   of   volunteers   to   promote   and   assist   at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world. WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION? The   Rotary   Foundation   of   Rotary   International   is   a   not-for-profit   corporation   that   promotes   world   understanding   through   international   humanitarian   service programs   and   educational   and   cultural   exchanges.   It   is   supported   solely   by   voluntary   contributions   from   Rotarians   and   others   who   share   its   vision   of   a   better world.   Since   1947,   the   Foundation   has   awarded   more   than   $1.1   billion   in   humanitarian   and                  educational   grants,   which   are   initiated   and   administered   by   local Rotary clubs and districts. HOW IS ROTARY ORGANIZED? Rotary   is   organized   at   club,   district,   and   international   levels   to   carry   out   its   program   of   service.   Rotarians   are   members   of   their   clubs,   and   the   clubs   are   members of   the   global   association   known   as   Rotary   International.   Each   club   elects   its   own   officers   and   enjoys   considerable   autonomy   within   the   framework   of   the standard constitution and the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International. DOES ROTARY WORK WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS? Throughout   its   history,   Rotary   International   has   collaborated   with   many   civic   and   humanitarian   organizations   as   well   as   government   agencies   in   its   efforts   to improve   the   human   condition.   An   excellent   example   of   what   these   partnerships   can   accomplish   can   be   found   in   Rotary's   ambitious   PolioPlus   program. Launched   in   1985   in   concert   with   the   World   Health   Organization,   the   US   Centers   for   Disease   Control   (CDC),   and   UNICEF,   Rotary's   goal   is   to   immunize   every child   in   the   world   against   polio.   Rotary   brought   to   the   effort   millions   of   volunteers   to   assist   in   vaccine   delivery,   social   mobilization,   and   logistical   help   at   the local, national, regional, and international levels. WHERE DID "THE FOUR WAY TEST" COME FROM? From   the   earliest   days   of   the   organization,   Rotarians   were   concerned   with   promoting   high   ethical   standards   in   their   professional   lives.   One   of   the   world's   most widely   printed   and   quoted   statements   of   business   ethics   is   The   4-Way   Test,   which   was   created   in   1932   by   Rotarian   Herbert   J.   Taylor   (who   later   served   as   RI president)   when   he   was   asked   to   take   charge   of   a   company   that   was   facing   bankruptcy.   This   24-word   code   of   ethics   for   employees   to   follow   in   their   business   and professional   lives   became   the   guide   for   sales,   production,   advertising,   and   all   relations   with   dealers   and   customers,   and   the   survival   of   the   company   is   credited   to this simple philosophy. WHAT IS ROTARY'S CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM? Rotary   uses   a   classification   system   to   establish   and   maintain   a   vibrant   cross-section   or   representation   of   the   community's   business,   vocational,   and   professional interests   among   members   and   to   develop   a   pool   of   resources   and   expertise   to   successfully   implement   service   projects.   This   system   is   based   on   the   founders' paradigm of choosing cross-representation of each business, profession, and institution within a community. A   classification   describes   either   the   principal   business   or   the   professional   service   of   the   organization   that   the   Rotarian   works   for   or   the   Rotarian's   own   activity within   the   organization.   Some   examples   of   classifications   include:   health   care   management,   banking,   pharmaceutical-retailing,   petroleum-distribution,   and insurance agency. I'M INTERESTED IN JOINING, WHAT CAN I DO NOW? If    you're    interested    in    joining    the    Rotary    Club    of    Silver    City,    tell    us    a    little    about    yourself    and    one    of    our    members    will    contact    you.    E-mail    us    at i nfo@silvercityrotary.org,  or call Sunny Yates at 575-534-2121. Or drop us a line at P.O. Box 867, Silver City, NM 88062.     
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