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I am sure you have asked yourself the questions every Rotarian has asked him/herself. Why should I join Rotary? That is a question that you will have to look to yourself to answer. If you ask any of our members why they joined Rotary they will likely tell you that they wanted to make a difference, and to make an impact both within their community, and internationally. Becoming a Rotarian opens up so many doors and opportunities for you to serve your community, and do some good for the world.
You will hear this over and over again after you join Rotary, but what a Rotarian gets out of Rotary depends on what they put into it. The more you put into Rotary, the more you get back. All Rotary clubs share a key mission: to serve their community and those in need throughout the world. By participating in club service projects, members learn about their club's involvement in local and international projects and can volunteer their time and talents where they are most needed.
First formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years as Rotary's mission expanded, the Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the organization's purpose as well as the club member's responsibilities. 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:
FIRST The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.