In 1988 I was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Belgium. That experience changed the course of my life. Prior to that year, I was certain I would go to college to study Chemistry, but I fell so in love with Belgium (and Europe) that upon my return I decided to become a foreign language major. Simply put, I had seen what a small world this is, and what a beautiful world it can be when we all work together in a spirit of international service. I eventually earned a PhD in French and Italian, and had the opportunity to take a class to Belgium to do service projects in the name of the club and community that had welcomed me so many years before. I hope that will just be the first step in a lifelong journey of Rotary involvement.--Shannon Clute
I joined Rotary in 1987 because two good friends asked me to. I was a small business person at the time, President of Corporate Connections, Inc., a management development consulting firm. I knew about the work of Rotary and knew that many of my male friends were members. We often talked about the possibility of seeing Rotary one day open to women. Rich Panyik, another small business owner, and George Thompson, then Supertindent of the Gwinnett County Schools, worked hard on my part to get me into the South Gwinnett Club. I didn't realize at the time, but have come to understand,, that they took "considerable heat" from other Rotarians for doing this. Real risk takers they were, and I am forever in their debt. It was the motto, Service Above Self, and the organizations's commitment to local and international service that appealed to me. Still does!
The other reason I joined Rotary was for the connections it made possible with fellow community leaders that were concerned about issues at home and abroad. Only the passage of time has made it crystal clear what this means. It is extremely enriching and provides a weekly opportunity to stay connected to these friends and make new ones, and hear speakers that inform and motivate me.
Rotary has provided opportunities I would have otherwise missed. I have attended (made up) at clubs in Quebec City, Jersulam, and my favorite..on a cruise boat in the Greek Isles! Meeting Rotarians from all parts of the world is a remarkable experience.--Carolyn Collins
Originally I joined Rotary to become more involved in the community and to broaden my network to develop commercial business for the Bank. As I became more involved I stayed because I formed some wonderful friendships, new business relationships and feel that my fellow Rotarians are a second family. Friends you can share with, go to for advice, have fun with or just know that they are always there.--Becky Munteanu
I joined Rotary as I was asked by a business friend. He explained to me what Rotary did for the community and for its members. I have always been one to work for the betterment of our community and individuals.
Civic opportunities to give back to the community and those less fortunate/and or in need, building friendships, and business networking.
Networking is the first word that comes to mind. Also, a great way to keep on top of what is happening in the community. A way to be easily involved and informed about international matters that are making a difference.
I re-joined Rotary because it is the best service organization in the world, because of the quality of people, because of the many different businesses and other entities represented. Several people that I worked with were members of Rotary & encouraged me to consider Rotary. I was impressed with Rotary's interest in helping others. Time required was not excessive. The club I was asked to join was a Charter Club. For the most part they were top business & professional people that I respected. I wanted to become associated with them, especially because they represented various "classifications". I always felt some need to "give back". Rotary was a group that allowed me to touch the needs of many organizations for a reasonable amount of time & funds. I enjoy the camaraderie of members & keep up with current events through Rotary's programs.
I joined Rotary to develop a better connection to my local community and participate in outreach programs that have a global effect. I also enjoy the social aspects of the club and have had the opportunity to meet many fine business and community leaders who I would not have met otherwise. When I think of how many children have been spared from Polio because of Rotary's programs, it brings joy to my heart.
Rotary gave me the ability to "make a difference" in my community and participate in International projects as well, that I would not have had the opportunity to participate in without my Rotary Family. It has touched my professional life and my personal life with new friendships and new business relationships that I have developed over the years.
Reasons: 1. Service above self with people who understand the attitude of humility, and sacrifice to bring about the best results. 2. To mingle with others who are as insane as yourself. 3. Rotary is a group of people who aspire to perpetual improvement and growth of all in a system of peace.