Frequently Asked Questions
A: Certainly not. This isn’t your father’s Rotary. At left you’ll see the former President of the St. Albans, VT Rotary Club. The Randolph Rotary Sunrise Club has a diverse membership of all ages. Another Rotarian, Cil Spahn became the Randolph Noon club’s first woman member in 1988, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision admitting women to Rotary.
Q: I’m 30, am I too young to join?
A: No. There is no age limitation to join Rotary.
Q: What are some of the objectives of Rotary?
A: The main objective of Rotary is service-in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians provide goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.”
Q: Is it just a local organization?
A: No, Rotary is a worldwide organization.
Q: How many clubs are there?
A: There are over 35,000 clubs worldwide, made up of approximately 1,200,000 members. As a Rotarian you may visit any club, anytime, anywhere in the world.
Q: How do I join?
A: Talk to your Rotarian friends if you would like to attend a meeting.
Q: Can anyone join?
A: Briefly – prospective members must be an adult of good character and: hold – or be retired from – a professional occupation; or be a community leader who has demonstrated a commitment to service; or someone having interrupted employment or having never worked in order to care for children or to assist the spouse in their work.
Q: What is the Object of Rotary?
A: The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, 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.
Q: What are the meetings like?
A: The meetings serve as forums where Rotarians can meet with local leaders, share community concerns, and keep informed on events of local, regional or international significance. Members get to know other Rotarians and enjoy camaraderie. The meetings are fun, as well as educational. Our meetings are limited to 1 hour.
Q: What does it cost to be a member of the Randolph Sunrise Club?
A: There are three categories of membership. Standard membership requires a monthly dues of $15.00 (that works out to 50 cents a day.) Young Leader members, age 35 or younger, pay $9.00 a month (40% savings.) A Family Plan member pays dues of $8.00 a month (44% savings.) A new member would also pay a one time Initiation Fee of $25.
Q: Are there any other costs?
A: Any other costs are strictly voluntary. Breakfast is available, however you pay only for what you eat. Some members are satisfied with just coffee and a donut. You may also decide to contribute to the Rotary Foundation. The Foundation provides grant money back to the clubs to help support many humanitarian causes. Again, your donations would be strictly voluntary. Rotarians are more often asked to volunteer their time and effort on service projects, to make life better for people in their own community.
Q: Where did the name “Rotary” come from?
A: The name “Rotary” was chosen because in 1905 in Chicago, the first club met in rotation at each member’s place of business. From its beginning in Chicago, the Rotary idea of friendship, fellowship and service to others has spread to every continent, including Antarctica.
Q: What is a Rotarian?
A: A Rotarian is a person who looks beyond himself or herself to the community, the nation and the world. A Rotarian seeks the truth, lets fairness govern relationships; endeavors to build goodwill and better friendships and strives to benefit all in every interpersonal relationship.
Q: What are the benefits of membership in a Rotary Club?
A: A Rotarian member:
- Broadens his/her circle of friends and acquaintances.
- Is in “touch” with the mainstream of community life and the people who make it tick.
- Develops contacts in every business and profession represented in the club’s membership.
- Acquires the opportunity to seek counsel from others.
- Gains recognition for his/her business or profession for participating in an organization dedicated to service, vocation, community and international goodwill and understanding.
- Is enabled to express in a practical way those nobler desires found in every person who wishes to make a contribution to the betterment of society.
- Broadens his/her social life as well as that of his/her spouse.
- Finds new outlets for goods and services.
- Finds individuals with whom to share hobbies and interests.
- Has the opportunity to benefit from the business experience of others.
- Obtains increased knowledge of business and professions other than his/her own, and a sympathetic understanding of the problems of others.
- Increases his/her knowledge of world affairs; receives a keener appreciation of the customs and character of other peoples.
- Acquires a friendly contact and a warm welcome in almost every important city of the world.