Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS ROTARY?
Rotary  is  an  organization  of  business  and  professional  leaders  united  worldwide  who  provide  humanitarian  service,  encourage  high  ethical  standards  in all  vocations,  and  help  build goodwill  and  peace  in  the  world.  In  more  than  166  countries  worldwide,  approximately  1.2  million  Rotarians  belong  to  more than 31,000 Rotary clubs.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN A ROTARY CLUB?
Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:   

  • Effecting change within the community.   
  • Developing leadership skills.   
  • Gaining an understanding of – and having an impact on – community and international issues.   
  • Developing relationships with community and business leaders. Through Rotary’s various service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN A ROTARY CLUB?
An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. Prospective members must:    

  • hold – or be retired from – a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position;   
  • have the capacity to meet the club’s weekly attendance or community project participation requirements;   
  • live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area.

WHAT IS A PRIMARY GOAL OF A ROTARY CLUB?
A  primary  goal  of  a  Rotary  club  is  to  continually  expand  the  club  with  committed  members  who  have  the  interest  and  ability  to  get involved in  service to community and humanitarian projects. 

HOW ARE CLUBS GROUPED?
Clubs are grouped into 530  Rotary districts, each led by district governor who is an officer of Rotary International and represents the RI Board of Directors in the field. Though selected by the clubs of the district, a governor is elected by all of the clubs worldwide meeting in the RI Convention.

WHAT IS THE MEMBERSHIP PROCESS?
Often a person being considered for membership is invited by a member or sponsor to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the club’s membership committee.

WHAT IS AN “ACTIVE” MEMBER?
The Rotary Club of Silver City defines an active member as a Rotarian who:

  1. Attends, or makes up, at least 60% of all meetings each quarter, and
  2. Is in financial good standing with the club. This means having paid when due and payable:
    1. All meeting fees and membership dues,
    2. All assessed fees and obligations.

I AM INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP, BUT DO NOT KNOW A ROTARIAN IN TOWN. HOW CAN I BECOME A ROTARIAN?
First, you might want to look at the Member List under the Members tab above to see if you may know a Silver City Rotarian after all.  If  it  turns  out  that you  don’t  know  any current Rotarians you can contact the local club directly.  You  can  send  an  email  to  info@silvercityrotary.org,  or  send  regular  mail  to the Rotary Club of Silver City at P. O. Box 867, Silver City, NM, 88062.

WHAT IS THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF ROTARY?
The  main  objective  of  Rotary  is  service  –  in  the  community,  in  the  workplace,  and  throughout  the  world.  Rotarians  develop  community  service  projects that  address  many  of  today’s  most  critical  issues,  such  as  children  at  risk,  poverty  and  hunger,  the  environment,  illiteracy,  and  violence.    They  also  support programs  for  youth,  educational  opportunities  and  international  exchanges  for  students,  teachers,  and  other  professionals,  and  vocational  and  career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

HOW DID ROTARY GET STARTED?
The  world’s  first  service  club,  Rotary  began  with  the  formation  of  the  Rotary  Club  of  Chicago,  Illinois,  on  February  23,  1905.  The  club  was  started  by  a young  lawyer,  Paul  P.  Harris,  and  three  of  his  friends.  He  wished  to  recapture  the  friendly  spirit  he  had  felt  among  business  people  in  the  small  town where he had grown up. Their weekly meetings “rotated” among their offices, thereby providing the new service club with its name.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE ROTARY CLUB OF SILVER CITY MEET?
The  Rotary  Club  of  Silver  City  has  a  luncheon  meeting  weekly  on  Tuesday  at  12:00 noon  at  the  in  the  Student  Cafeteria  in  the  Thomas  B.  McDonald Memorial Student Center at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM.

WHAT IS ROTARY’S UNITED SERVICE PROGRAM?
Although  Rotary  clubs  develop  autonomous  service  programs,  all  Rotarians  worldwide  are  united  in  a  campaign  for  the  global  eradication  of  polio.  In  the 1980s,  Rotarians  raised $240  million  to  immunize  the  children  of  the  world;  by  2005,  Rotary’s  centenary  year  and  the  target  date  for  the  certification  of  a polio-free  world,  the  PolioPlus  program  will  have  contributed  $500  million  to  this  cause.  In  addition,  Rotary  has  provided  an  army  of  volunteers  to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.

WHAT IS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION?
The  Rotary  Foundation  of  Rotary  International  is  a  not-for-profit  corporation  that  promotes  world  understanding  through  international  humanitarian service  programs  and  educational  and  cultural  exchanges.  It  is  supported  solely  by  voluntary  contributions  from  Rotarians  and  others  who  share  its  vision of  a  better  world.  Since  1947,  the  Foundation  has  awarded  more  than  $1.1  billion  in  humanitarian  and educational  grants,  which  are  initiated  and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.

HOW IS ROTARY ORGANIZED?
Rotary  is  organized  at  club,  district,  and  international  levels  to  carry  out  its  program  of  service.  Rotarians  are  members  of  their  clubs,  and  the  clubs  are members  of  the  global association  known  as  Rotary  International.  Each  club  elects  its  own  officers  and  enjoys  considerable  autonomy  within  the framework of the standard constitution and the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International.

DOES ROTARY WORK WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS?
Throughout  its  history,  Rotary  International  has  collaborated  with  many  civic  and  humanitarian  organizations  as  well  as  government  agencies  in  its efforts  to  improve  the  human  condition.  An  excellent  example  of  what  these  partnerships  can  accomplish  can  be  found  in  Rotary’s  ambitious  PolioPlus program.  Launched  in  1985  in  concert  with  the  World  Health  Organization,  the  US  Centers  for  Disease  Control  (CDC),  and  UNICEF,  Rotary’s  goal  is  to immunize  every  child  in  the  world  against  polio.  Rotary  brought  to  the  effort  millions  of  volunteers  to  assist  in  vaccine  delivery,  social  mobilization,  and logistical help at the local, national, regional, and international levels.

WHERE DID “THE FOUR WAY TEST” COME FROM?
From  the  earliest  days  of  the  organization,  Rotarians  were  concerned  with  promoting  high  ethical  standards  in  their  professional  lives.  One  of  the  world’s most  widely  printed  and  quoted  statements  of  business  ethics  is  The  4-Way  Test,  which  was  created  in  1932  by  Rotarian  Herbert  J.  Taylor  (who  later served  as  RI  president)  when  he  was  asked  to  take  charge  of  a  company  that  was  facing  bankruptcy.  This  24-word  code  of  ethics  for  employees  to  follow  in their  business  and  professional  lives  became  the  guide  for  sales,  production,  advertising,  and  all  relations  with  dealers  and  customers,  and  the  survival  of the company is credited to this simple philosophy.

WHAT IS ROTARY’S CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM?
Rotary  uses  a  classification  system  to  establish  and  maintain  a  vibrant  cross-section  or  representation  of  the  community’s  business,  vocational,  and professional  interests  among  members  and  to  develop  a  pool  of  resources  and  expertise  to  successfully  implement  service  projects.  This  system  is  based on the founders’ paradigm of choosing cross-representation of each business, profession, and institution within a community. A  classification  describes  either  the  principal  business  or  the  professional  service  of  the  organization  that  the  Rotarian  works  for  or  the  Rotarian’s  own activity  within  the  organization.  Some  examples  of  classifications  include:  health  care  management,  banking,  pharmaceutical-retailing,  petroleum-distribution, and insurance agency.

I’M INTERESTED IN JOINING, WHAT CAN I DO NOW?
If  you’re  interested  in  joining  the  Rotary  Club  of  Silver  City,  tell  us  a  little  about  yourself  and  one  of  our  members  will  contact  you.  E-mail  us  at info@silvercityrotary.org, or call Sunny Yates at 575-534-2121. Or drop us a line at P.O. Box 867, Silver City, NM 88062.

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