Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development.
Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.
Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. Serving others is fun.
Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says "Rotary International." There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome - even encouraged - to attend any of the 33,000 clubs in over 200 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one's own community and in the world community.
Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one's business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one's personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one's job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.
The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice the 4-Way Test that governs one's ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and person relationships.
Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals - people who make decisions and influence policy.
Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of "it is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice."
The Absence of an” Official Creed": Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its product is serving. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one's own life. It is richly rewarding.
We Are People of Action Making A Difference.
Youth Conference 2020 On Feb. 22, 9am- 1:30pm, District 6490 will hold a Youth Conference for Interact members and Rotaract members at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign. There will be no charge. Lunch will be provided. This event is a great way for Interact and Rotaract members to trade ideas and brainstorm new ideas. To register, please send the following information to District Interact Chair Art Drake (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before Feb. 15: 1. Which school your club represents 2.How many Interact members will attend 3. How many adults will attend 4. Any dietary restrictions
Next Rotary Leadership Institute Rotary Leadership Institute is designed for those Rotarians who have the potential and willingness to engage in future club leadership, not necessarily as club presidents. RLI provides you a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills that are so important in voluntary organizations.The leadership skills you obtain at an RLI event will help you in your involvement in Rotary as well as your leadership efforts professionally.
Join us for the next RLI:
Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Richland Community College, Decatur.
Light breakfast, refreshments and lunch are included in the $50 registration fee. Many clubs sponsor members who are interested in attending RLI.
To register go online at http://www.hoa-rli.org/ by Wednesday, February 26, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact RLI Chair, Cindy Guthrie at email@example.com.Women of Rotary - New Initiative - Let's Grow Rotary! DG Julie Dobski is gathering a group of Rotary Women to brainstorm how to increase women's membership throughout the district on March 2 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Stephens Family (Champaign County) YMCA. Rotarian women interested in participating should contact DG Julie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or her assistant, Liz Palma (email@example.com).
President-Elect Training Training for incoming presidents will be held in Effingham this spring, March 21 & 22. Please go to http://lolpets.org/ for all kinds of information, including event registration, to help president-elects start their Rotary year with success!
Field Trip to RI in Evanston Join district leaders for a group tour, lunch and small-group training at Rotary International, April 20th. Read more about the trip and register at https://dacdb.com/index.cfm?EventID=77445278.
New Fundraising Page Our website now has a Fundraising page.
Click here to check it outNew Best Practices Page Our website now has a Best Practices page.
Click here to check it outPresidential Citation Let your club get the recognition it deserves. RI recognizes outstanding clubs with the Presidential Citation. You can find the criteria by clicking here.