The Rotary Club of Ambler is part of a much larger, worldwide organization, Rotary International (“RI”). Rotary International is organized into geographic Districts, which consist of several individual clubs, such as Ambler. We are a part of Rotary District 7430.
What is Rotary?
- First, and foremost, it’s an international organization.
- It is a global network of community leaders comprised of professionals, businessmen and clergy.
- Men & women volunteers dedicated to the ideal of service
- Rotarians provide humanitarian, educational & cultural programs and service locally & throughout the free world (i.e. Housing, clean water, disease control, vocational assistance and literacy)
- Rotary encourages high ethical standards
- Rotary attempts to build good will, understanding & world peace
- Rotary is non-political, non-religious, non-governmental and is open to every race, culture & creed.
- Membership is by invitation only
What does Rotary do?
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:
- Promote peace
- Fight disease
- Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Save mothers and children
- Support education
- Grow local economies
Is Rotary an international organization?
The first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago in 1905, by Paul P. Harris. This club met in rotation at the offices of the founding members, hence the name Rotary. There are now more than 32,000 Rotary Clubs in the world with a total Rotary membership of more than 1.2 million.
The free world is divided into territories within which a group of clubs are associated – these territories are known as Rotary Districts.
There are presently 527 districts in the Rotary world – in over 170 countries and geographic territories.
The Ambler Club is in District 7430, which is composed of 47 clubs with a total membership of over 2400 Rotarians (as of winter 2009).
Rotary International is governed by a President and Board of Directors elected from all over the world. Annually, each District elects a District Governor, but each club is an autonomous group.
What is 'The Object of Rotary'?
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:
The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business, and community life;
The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men & women united in the ideal of service.
What are the 'Five (5) P's of Rotary'?
During the past 10 years, Rotarians have conducted 1.8 million humanitarian and educational projects, 253 million volunteer hours worked, and spent between $5.7 and $10 billion dollars on worldwide and community service projects.
Rotary builds understanding through International scholarships & humanitarian grants. Rotary has established centers for international studies in peace & conflict resolution, and grants ambassadorial scholarships. We are the world’s largest university level program.
Rotary launched a Polio Plus program in 1985 to immunize the world’s children. Since then we have raised $650 million to assist in inoculations, and the world is now 99% polio free. To date, 2 billion children have been inoculated, and these move us closer to our goal of a 100% polio free world. When this goal is reached it could provide a potential worldwide savings of up to $1.5 billion annually.
From the inception of the first original 5 Chicago members in 1905, Rotary has grown to over 1,200,000 members. The Rotary Foundation was established to provide funding from donations for both an annual fund & a permanent fund for Rotary projects and programs. In 1945 Rotarians helped establish the UN & UNESCO.
Through the act of becoming an active Rotarian, dedicated men & women have an organized opportunity to make the world a better place.
What are the 'Four Avenues of Service'?
We Implement the Object of ROTARY through THE FOUR AVENUES OF SERVICE:
Those things that a Rotarian does to help make successful the running of his local Rotary Club
The promoting of the “ideal of service” throughout the business and professional world.
Urges every Rotarian to participate in all activities which will make his community a better place in which to live
Encourage and foster the advancement of understanding and goodwill among peoples of the world. We support the Rotary Foundation program, which enables outstanding students to study for one year in a country other than their own on Rotary grants.
What are the privileges of being a Rotarian?
- The privilege of friendship and fellowship with other civic leaders throughout your community and the world
- The privilege of giving service to your community
- The privilege of developing international goodwill and understanding through humanitarian programs & service projects
- The privilege of helping build higher ethical standards within your vocation
- The privilege of working and associating with other dedicated like minded men & women.
- The opportunity to learn about fellow Rotarians and be inspired by their accomplishments
- The opportunity to learn firsthand about your community’s past, present and future!
What are the obligations of an Ambler Rotarian?
ATTENDANCE – Weekly club meetings, or make-up meetings at other clubs, club programs, fund raisers, social events. 50% attendance is required (at club meetings).
DUES – Annual dues must be paid by all members
PARTICIPATION – Members are expected to actively serve on one or more committees
INVOLVEMENT – Members are encouraged to participate in club service projects, programs, fund raisers and social events.
COMMITMENT – To conduct our lives by the Four Way Test & the Principles of Rotary
GIVE A CLASSIFICATION TALK – Your Bio (introduce yourself, family and vocation to club members)
WEEKLY MEETING ASSIGNMENTS – Greeters, room set-up, prayer, 50/50 &/ or other assignments.
RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS
DISTRICT CONFERENCES & R.I. CONVENTIONS
“EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR” – Goal is 100% participation by the club represents Paul Harris fellowship to support Rotary Foundation.
How much does it cost to be an Ambler Rotarian?
The Expected Annual COST of MEMBERSHIP
(Subject to Change)
Weekly Lunches $15.00
Social Events & Fund Raisers Varies
50/50 Happy Dollars Lottery (Voluntary) $1-5.00/wk