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A new way to serve your community

As you may already be aware, the provisional Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast Passport is the proposed new, innovative Rotary club based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  While it is based there it is without any geographic boundary.

Passport Rotary is a new version of Rotary club that encourages members to engage in service in ways that fit within their family, work and life commitments.

It provides a passport into Rotary – for people who have busy lives and commitments – and access to other Rotary clubs.  

It also encourages members to visit their local community and work out how we can all better work together to make a difference. 

“You might ask what’s different – well plenty,” said 28-year-old member Stephanie Kay. 

“Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary is designed for the 21st Century.  It offers flexible, relaxed meeting formats and caters for the needs of busy people and families.”

Ms Kay said importantly, members decided how much time to give.  

“Unlike traditional service clubs, you only need to attend a minimum of one meeting a year and only need to commit to a minimum of 30 hours service work during the year.

“Many of our members will want to contribute to much more, but it’s totally up to you – we all have unique and evolving priorities and this new format recognises that.”

Ms Kay said the Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary club was a mix of online and in-person meetings and would concentrate on project participation, focussing on initiatives that supported the Sunshine Coast.   

“We are also keen to work very closely with other Rotary clubs in completing local projects. 

“If you’ve always been interested in a service club but thought you didn’t have the time, or you wanted a more flexible approach to volunteering, get in touch. 

“We still need more members to get off the ground and become a fully-fledged Rotary club but the opportunities Rotary can offer you are endless.

“Rotarians are volunteers who take action to create lasting change – who wouldn’t want to be part of that?” 

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What’s in it for me at Passport Rotary

It’s likely that you have heard of Rotary, but it’s just as likely you are not sure what it’s all about. Rotary International is a worldwide service organisation with the purpose of bringing together business leaders to provide needed humanitarian services and to advance peace around the world. The primary goals of Rotary include promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies and supporting the environment. Lofty goals to be sure, however, the reason that the organisation is effective is because each club determines its own projects by applying the primary goals of Rotary to their own community. It’s also common practice for neighbouring clubs to work together to accomplish larger goals that affect a larger geographic region or population. For example, the Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary is aiming to work with other local Rotary clubs and not-for-profit community organisations on the Sunshine Coast.

In pursuing these meaningful goals through local projects, individual members of Rotary often find a satisfaction that comes from working with like-minded individuals to provide a hand up to someone in need. However, that is not the only benefit of joining Rotary.

Networking can be another important benefit gained through active participation. Even if you can attend only sometimes, Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary can be a great way to meet and chat with other current and retired business leaders in your community. In addition, members are encouraged to join a committee or two, giving rise to the chance to network more often in a smaller group. Often the benefits that accrue are longer term rather than immediate.

Rotary also offers many opportunities for business professionals to hone useful skills. Tasks such as organising events, contacting businesses to solicit support for the club’s efforts, writing articles, assisting with social media presence, and more, can all be pursued on a volunteer basis as members wish. The list of potential skills that can be refined or developed is unlimited. All club members are encouraged to develop and then spearhead new projects so leadership development shouldn’t be overlooked as a ‘side effect’ of joining Rotary.

Like the many local Rotary clubs, Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary welcomes and encourages new members. If you are interested in learning more, start here.

Adapted from an article in the Portland Press Herald

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Volunteer opportunity

SAVE THE DATE – more details later.

Shifts available will probably be 7-11am, 11-2, 2-4/5pm or all day

Wanted: Gate keepers, tent erectors, Marshalls

There is also the opportunity to help with the set-up on the Saturday 2-4pm, and to assist with marshalling 6-8pm for the Kombi Parade

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The Scope and Scale of Rotary Volunteering

Members of Rotary intuitively know that the contribution and impact of the work by each of them is immense, but what they generally see is only what they and their fellow club members do, one hour at a time.

However, to see how the time contribution of each Rotary member adds to a world-wide total is utterly impressive.

None of the major service organisations has been able to gain a meaningful handle on the actual scale or economic value of the volunteer effort they mobilise until Rotary commissioned research by Johns Hopkins University into Rotary’s volunteer impact.

Here are some points:

  • Globally, Rotary members contribute 47 million volunteer hours per year. Even more impressive is that each of these hours represents a real benefit to communities locally and internationally.
  • Rotary International is mobilising a workforce for social progress each year that is equivalent to nearly 27,000 full-time equivalent workers—nearly 50 times larger than its own 563 paid staff. Remarkable!
  • Conservatively this represents US$850 million a year. Rotary thus saves communities nearly US$850 million in service costs.
  • 73% of Rotary members rate emphasis on service as one of the organisation’s major attractions to its members. [Therefore, service opportunities are how Rotary attracts members and retains them! Rotary does well on this regard]
  • Female members contribute a slightly higher number of volunteer hours than men
  • In Australia and New Zealand members of Rotary contribute an average of six volunteer hours per month … much higher than some! (Asia 4.3, Europe 4.7, North America 3.7, but Latin America 6.4)
  • Half of all Rotary organised volunteer time is devoted to health, education, and social assistance (e.g., child, elder, or disability care, soup kitchens, refugee support services), with culture and arts a close fourth.
  • The largest proportion of hours (49%) was devoted to manager, organiser, or coordinator functions. [Indicates we use members’ organisational skills] However, 33.3% of hours is in manual service [ eg. building gardens for schools, or installing sanitation to Pacific villages, and huge variety of other projects].

For an introduction and where to download the full report go to

You will be impressed! This is the global organisation you could be a meaningful part of.

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Doing good in the world

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s charity. The Rotary Foundation is organised as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees.

It takes the donations it receives from Rotary members and the public in general and transforms these into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Since it was founded in 1917, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

Donations to The Rotary Foundation fuel service projects – projects that eradicate polio, promote peace, and improve developing communities. As the charitable arm of Rotary, The Rotary Foundation taps into a global network of Rotary members who invest their time, money, and expertise into the seven areas of focus, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotary members to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model means that the very most is made of every contribution with 92% of funds spent on program awards and operations.

The Rotary Foundation partners with other organisations to increase its impact and make all donations work even harder. When a donation is made to PolioPlus, for example, every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication is matched by $2 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thanks to this partnership, all donations to end polio (up to $50 million per year) are tripled, providing critical funding toward creating a polio-free world.

Some quick facts to indicate scale (all amounts are USD):

  • Since 1988, Rotary and its partners have immunised more than 2.5 billion children against polio. As of June 2019, Rotary had committed $2 billion to global polio eradication.
  • In 2018-19, 94 fellows from 43 countries began their studies at the Rotary Peace Centres, and program awards for the fellows and centres totalled $5.0 million.
  • District grants support small-scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation’s mission. In 2018-19, the Foundation approved 494 district grants, and program awards totalled $26.3 million.
  • Global grants fund large-scale international activities with sustainable, measurable results that support Rotary’s seven areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams. In 2018-19, the Foundation approved 1,403 global grants, and program awards totalled $86.6 million.

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Core Values

Rotary’s core values represent the guiding principles of the organisation’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organisation. These are:

  • SERVICE – service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, Rotary has a culture of service that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.
  • FELLOWSHIP – individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries.
  • DIVERSITY – Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service, encouraging the diversity of vocations within the membership and in all activities and service work. A club that reflects the vocations within its community is a club with a key to its future.
  • INTEGRITY – Rotary members are committed to and expect accountability from their leaders and fellow members, both in the results of all activities and in the processes used to accomplish goals. All adhere to high ethical and professional standards in their work and personal relationships and are fair and respectful in all interactions, and conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to Rotary.

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Areas of Focus

The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While Rotary serves in countless ways, efforts are focused in seven key areas – six listed in the image and the seventh being ‘supporting the environment‘ – to maximise impact, to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and Rotary has a proven record of success in addressing them. Rotary members planning new service projects are encouraged to consider these areas and the many opportunities for innovative projects within them. The extensive funding provided by The Rotary Foundation through its grant processes are aligned with these six key areas.

Most service projects are initiated by individual Rotary members within their clubs and take many forms. Ranging from a project of a club in their local community to a projects that involve other clubs, organisations and individuals.. Working in partnership anywhere in the world to achieve outcomes of a scale beyond that which an individual or individual club could ever hope to achieve. This demonstrates the internationality of Rotary at work: its global reach.

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Guiding Principles

These principles have been developed over the years to provide members of Rotary with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for relationships with each other and the action they take in the world.

The OBJECT OF ROTARY is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The FOUR-WAY TEST is a nonpartisan and non-sectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal, professional and vocational relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The five AVENUES OF SERVICE are where we channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through, which are the foundation of club activity:

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every member of Rotary to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
  • Community Service encourages every Rotary member to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognises the importance of empowering youth and young adults through leadership development / personal growth programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

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Service Above Self

Rotary’s motto, SERVICE ABOVE SELF, is as valid for today as it was in 1911 when it was adopted. This Motto embodies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation and its members and supporters.

Rotary’s Avenues of Service guides its activities:

  • Through Club Service, Rotary members have fun, build lasting friendships, and make sure that their club runs well.
  • Through Vocational Service, members of Rotary volunteer their professional skills to serve others and promote integrity in everything they do.
  • Through Community Service, Rotary members address local needs and work with their community to bring lasting improvements.
  • Through International Service, Rotary members meet humanitarian needs around the globe and promote world understanding and peace.
  • Through Youth Service, members of Rotary work with young people to help them become the next generation of leaders, visionaries, and peacemakers

Interested?  Learn more about Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary