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Membership in a Rotary Club offers professional networking will engaged in projects and programs that enrich local and international communities.

The organization was begun by Paul Harris in 1905. As a new resident of Chicago, he wanted to prosper as an attorney by creating a sense of community that he experienced growing up in Vermont.  He gathered fellow professionals and business people to meet in turn at each others place of business. A first community service project funded the construction of a public toilet at Chicago City Hall.

Today the international organization of community based Rotary Clubs in 200 countries and territories continues to fund sanitation facilities among a variety of worldwide humanitarian projects.  Along with the World Health Organization, Rotary has eradicated Polio in all but four countries and members have contibuted close to a billion dollars in the effort. Gates Foundation has contibuted 100 million matching grant to the program.

The myriad number of projects of over 33,000 worldwide Clubs meeting local community needs include food banks, student mentoring, reading programs, Habitat for Humanity to name a few.  Members can find a local or international community need and bring it to their Club for support as an opportunity for service.  Funding when required for projects or programs can be leveraged through area Rotary District support and matching grants from the separate Rotary International Foundation.

Membership offers ten benefits:

Professional Networking:  A founding principal is to provide a forum for professional and business men and women. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious volunteer service club organization in the world.

Opportunity to Serve:  Members experience the fulfillment that comes from civic engagement  and humanitarian endeavors. The motto of "Service above Self" continues to inspire members in meeting community opportunities for service.

Personal Growth and Development:  Leadership, public speaking and communication, organization and planning, team-building, fund-raising and teaching are just a few skills that are enhanced in Rotary.

Friendship:  With 33,000 clubs and 1,2000,000 members in 200 countries and territories, Rotary members have friends wherever they go.  Rotary builds community as well as enduring friendships.

Cultural Diversity:  Clubs are open to members of every ethnic group, political choice, language and religious belief.  Clubs contain a cross-section of individuals practicing tolerance, inclusion and diversity.

World Understanding:  The promotion of peace is one of Rotary's highest objectives. Members gain understanding of humanitarina issues through international service projects, student exchange programs and Rotary International Foundation.

Entertainment:  Every Rotary Club schedules social activities.  District and international conferences, conventions and assemblies provide entertainment as well as service, information and education.

Family Foundations:  Rotary sponsors some of the world's largest youth and educational exchanges and scholarship programs.  Family members can participate in a wide range of social and service activities.

Ethical Environment:  Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that measures words and actions by their truthfulness, fairness, goodwill and benefit to all.  A hallmark of Rotary from its beginning has been high ethical standards and respect for all worthy vocations.

Contact: Jay McCall, 520 909-9375, jmccall415@msn.com

Additional Information on websites:  www.rotary.org  -  www.rotaryd5500.org

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