INCLUSIVE: Nowra Rotarians, Shoalhaven Rotaractors and the 2017 outbound International exchange student having a coffee and cupcake break from manning the new trailer mounted BBQ’s at the Huskisson Triathlon recently.Rotary Clubs in Australia are part of an international network of business, professional and community people who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts.
Rotarians are people like you and me. Everyday men and women who liked the idea of helping others, building peace and understanding, serving our community and developing friendships and networks that last a lifetime.
Rotary unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Each of Australia’s 30,000 Rotarians belong to a local Rotary Club and there are over 1100 Clubs in Australia, including seven in the Shoalhaven. While Clubs operate independently, they often come together to work on joint projects and celebrate big events.
From a personal perspective, Rotary is another term for the opportunity to substantially raise your local and international citizenship profile. The broad range of opportunities and benefits of being a Rotarian are found in Rotary’s five interests (or “Avenues of Service”) – Community, Vocational, Youth, International and Club.
Community – As Rotary actively supports a number of local charities and not-for-profit service organisations, it provides opportunities for Rotarians to enhance the support that they already give to these organisations.
Vocational – Rotary provides a number of programs to support local business and vocational development. Being a Rotarian gives you the opportunity to network with likeminded business and professionals locally, Australia wide and internationally, and promote your vocational and business ideas.
Youth – Rotary Clubs across Australia sponsor young people in the development of skills in the areas of communication, leadership, road safety / driver awareness, resilience and self-esteem and in furthering their career aspirations in the areas of mathematics and science.
International – Rotary supports communities in crisis all around the world and this collective Rotary International support is very effective in easing the hard ship of families that are victims of natural or manmade disasters. This interest also provides youth exchange programs and opportunities for Rotarians and their family members to travel anywhere in the world knowing that they have the support of friendly Rotarians at any destination.
Club – This interest provides opportunities for Rotarians to develop their own leadership skills, grow their confidence levels and for them and their families to enjoy the many fellowship and social activities Rotary conducts.
Most importantly, Rotary philosophy is family first, work second and Rotary and anything else third; so becoming a Rotarian doesn’t add commitment to your already busy lifestyle – it simply enhances and adds value to everything else you do.
With seven Rotary Clubs in the Shoalhaven to suit your residential address and lifestyle, you will soon find a Rotarian in your day-to-day activity that will be able to give you more details on their Rotary experiences and guide you towards a Rotary club suitable for you
Rotary Nowra periodically holds Rotary information nights, that are without obligation. If you would like to be invited to an information night, or just come to a dinner meeting, listen to a good guest speaker and see how Rotary operates, please ring Rob Russell – Rotary Nowra president0499 901 129or Polly Hill – president elect0405 445 138.
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