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