This list of twenty benefits of Rotary membership comes courtesy of Rotary International Director 2015-2017 for Zones 25 & 26, Brad Howard.  Brad is a second-generation Rotarian and a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oakland Sunrise.  He has served Rotary in many leadership roles including his term as District Governor in the area of California’s Silicon Valley in 2002-2003. In 2011-14 Brad served as the North American Chair of Rotary International’s Membership Development and Retention Committee and the Zone 26 End Polio Now Coordinator.  (spoiler alert: we have added one more BIG benefit below Brad Howard's list called Rotary Global Rewards.  Check it out!)

What Our Members Receive

  1. Friendship
    Membership in Rotary fulfills the basic human need of friendship. In fact, it was one of the primary reasons Paul Harris started Rotary in 1905. We create lifelong friendships in our local and international communities. The relationships created in Rotary’s are with a network of local and international leaders whom we address by name and are considered our equals and peers.
  2. Professional Development
    Rotary is a network of business, professional and community leaders, who have a culture of high level of integrity and purpose. Our members are exposed to people, every week, in a vast range of vocations that can provide assistance to our business and professional development. Although we are not a business networking organization, we afford our members to be identified to the leaders in their local community. By this association, our members not only enhance their business, they learn from and identify with the leaders in their community. It was once said, “Rotary allows me to sit next to people every week that I would otherwise have to pay $250 an hour to meet.”
  3. Personal Growth
    Rotary takes ordinary individuals and puts them into extraordinary circumstance. Every week, you are exposed to new thoughts, new professions and new opportunities to learn. Our members develop broad social skills. A key part of Rotary is its internationalism, which gives our members to broaden their international scope, living and expression. Simply stated, membership in Rotary helps to make our members better – better individuals, community leaders, internationalists, and humanitarians.
  4. Leadership Development A core value of Rotary is that we develop leaders and leadership skills. We provide leadership training at all levels of our organization. Rotary’s brand of leadership is distinctive. We teach how to lead leaders in the context of a volunteer organization. If you can be an effective leader in Rotary, you will be a better can be an effective leader in your business. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in leadership.
  5. Community Rotary clubs give our members a way to get involved in making their local communities better. Membership and involvement in a Rotary club makes an individual a better community citizen and more connected with community leaders and the needs of the community.
  6. Continuing Education
    Involvement in Rotary allows our members to broaden their perspective and improve their business skills. Attendance at the weekly meeting exposes our members to the meeting’s program which include speakers talking on a variety of topics. Further, training is available for Rotarians who take on responsibility in the organization. Training in fund raising, non-profit management, event production, communications, etc. will help you to grow in Rotary and develop additional business skills.
  7. Fun
    Rotary is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the service is fun. Our club meetings and other events are filled with fellowship, humor and entertainment. Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide social fun and camaraderie. Our members are friendly, welcoming and engaging.
  8. Public Speaking Skills
    Rotary club meetings and events place a high value and regard on effective public speaking. Participating in a Rotary club helps our member to develop confidence and skills in public communication, and the opportunity to use it. Rotarians who get more involved with be exposed to higher levels of public speaking training.
  9. Global Citizens
    Rotary is in over 200 countries and geographical regions. There are few places on the globe which do not have a Rotary club. This global presence gives our members the exclusive opportunity to create friends in both the local community and the world community. This global connection gives you the opportunity and vehicle to be a better global citizen. Members who are involved in international businesses will find access to global business, professional and community leaders a valuable asset.
  10. Unique Travel Experience and Assistance
    Members who travel will find that being a Rotarian will open doors throughout the world. “The Pin Gets You In!” Visiting a Rotary club while you are traveling will give you immediate access to local resources and information. Also, Rotary clubs everywhere can provide quick assistance in obtaining services of a doctor, lawyer, dentist, etc., while traveling.
  11. Next Generation Programs
    Rotary provides one of the world's largest, most structured and responsible youth program. Our youth exchange program, both our academic year and short-term, summer exchange are recognized as one of the best and most cost efficient available. We also have clubs in high school and college that help students develop their leadership, social, organizational and communication skills. These youth programs are available to the family members of our Rotarians.
  12. Develop Social Skills
    Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one's personality, social and people skills. Engagement with Rotary during international travel helps introduce Rotarians to new cultures and languages.
  13. Opportunities for the Family
    Involvement in a Rotary club immediately integrates the family into a community’s support network. Lifelong relationships and friendships are created that can support a family for years. Rotary service projects are an ideal opportunity for working with your children to teach them the value of helping others. Finally, Rotary’s Next Generation programs can help the children of Rotarians to develop special skills and experiences that can distinguish them as they apply to colleges and universities.
  14. Vocational Skills
    Rotary fosters growth and development in each person's profession or vocation and encourages sharing this development with others.
  15. Ethics Treatment
    One of Rotary’s core principles is the “4-way Test” which governs ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships. Further, Rotary presumes an ethical relationship between its members. Rotarians presume the goodness in one another, in both a business or volunteer capacity.
  16. Cultural Awareness
    Rotary is a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians learn to love and work with people everywhere.
  17. Prestige
    Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious civic organization in the world. Membership in Rotary is by invitation only. Worldwide, Rotarians are recognized as some of the most prominent individuals in business, professions and the community. Being a Rotarian give you instant access these people, and helps to identify you as one of these individuals.
  18. Community Connections
    Membership in Rotary immediately connects you with a broad range of professions and professionals, in your club, city, region or globally. We encourage our members to do business with each other because we trust the members in Rotary. Vocational diversity is one of Rotary’s core values. Because of this diversity and our ethical treatment of one another, our members can have confidence in creating long term business relationships.
  19. The Opportunity to Serve
    Service is what Rotarians do. We change the lives of others in need. Your membership in Rotary gives you the opportunity, structure, knowhow and resources to provide service to others. The benefit a Rotarian receives by helping someone else is extraordinary and life affecting.
  20. You Can Make a Difference - Locally or Globally
    Rotary gives our members the ability to make a difference, and provides an exclusive benefit to our members to follow their passion in helping others. Rotary empowers our membership to dream large in addressing needs in local and international communities. There is no other organization that has the structure, the network and resources that are available to its membership. Individual members create our projects – from the global eradication of polio, to a local beautification project, our members determine our action. What you can dream, you can create. What you can dream, you can be.

Rotary Global Rewards

The good you do comes back to you.

Rotary and Rotaract members are all about forging friendships, making business contacts, building skills, and serving the community. Rotary Global Rewards helps them do this while spending less by offering great discounts on computers, hotel rooms, retail shopping, and more.

Discounts and special offers

Rotary Global Rewards offers discounts on vehicle rentals, hotels, dining, and more. Products and services from companies around the world are being added every week.

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How to redeem offers

  • Discounts are a perk of your membership, so you need to sign in to your My Rotary account to redeem offers.
  • If you need help creating a My Rotary account, review the How to Create a My Rotary Account quick guide.

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Expand your market share and increase your bottom line by adding your own discount offer. After signing in to My Rotary, select the Create a New Offer tab on Rotary Global Rewards. If you need more information, refer to How to Create a Rotary Global Rewards Offer.

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