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READING MATINS ROTARY CLUB INFORMATION FOR THE PROSPECTIVE MEMBER INTRODUCTION


• The purpose of this introduction is to tell a prospective new member a little about Rotary


• If you decide to apply, your name will be circulated to the members’ as it is their decision to accept you as a member to the Club. (Club Membership is by invitation). If an objection is received, then the Club’s Council will take a vote to determine whether the individual is invited to join the Club.


• Once agreement has been reached to accept you into the Club, and you pay what is due, which will be explained later, you will then become a member.


WHAT IS ROTARY?


It is a worldwide organisation of more than 1.2 million business and professional people who pledge to:


• Serve the community, locally, nationally and globally • Promote the highest ethical standards in all areas of working life • Work for peace and goodwill worldwide


• Informal o A club in which friendship, based on a weekly meeting, leads to service in a variety of avenues


• Formal o An organisation of business and professional people united worldwide


to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world


• Not concerned with o Sectarian religion, party politics and not primarily about raising money


• Summary


o Put simply it is ‘Service through Fellowship’. Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self’.


ORIGIN OF ROTARY


The world’s first Rotary club was founded in Chicago in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, with three friends: a merchant, a coal dealer and a mining engineer. He


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