WHAT IS ROTARY?
Gawler Light Rotary is one of more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. Members are called Rotarians, and together they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Individual Rotaries belong, in turn, to the global association called Rotary International.
We want you to see Rotary as a great way for you to provide service to others.
The Object of Rotary
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 worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Third: The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his 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.
What Rotary Isn’t
Rotary isn't a religious, political, or nationalistic organisation. It does not interfere with the men and women members’ religious, political, or other beliefs. Rotary isn’t some kind of secret society. There are no secret handshakes or the like. Rotary clubs are a bunch of like-minded people united in their desire to make a difference in their community and the world.
It isn’t a social club, although strong fellowship is a key component that unites the club in its projects. Members are expected to make a contribution to the life of the club, to the extent that they are able. Rotary offers plenty of scope for members' initiatives and for the promotion of their concern for the community at large.
Rotary isn't "an old boy's club" dominated by an established group of old-fogies. It is intentionally structured to offer leadership opportunities to all of its members. Furthermore, Rotary's membership classification system actively encourages diversity and recognises it as a strength.