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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rotary

Rotary is a worldwide organisation of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

What are some the values of Rotary and Rotarians?

Rotarians worldwide are inspired by the Rotary theme of “Service Above Self” and are guided by reference to ‘The Four-Way Test’. In particular, ‘The Four-Way Test’ challenges Rotarians, in everything they do, to ask of themselves: “Of the things we think say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

Who joins Rotary?

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves. We welcome new members of all ages and from diverse cultures.

What are some of the benefits of joining Rotary?

Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Effecting change within the community.
  • Developing leadership skills.
  • Gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues.
  • Developing relationships with community and business leaders.

What are some of the characteristics of the Rotary Club of Bendigo?

How does the Rotary Club of Bendigo support its communities?

The Rotary Club of Bendigo has assisted many local organisations such as:

  • Bendigo Community Health
  • Uniting Care Outreach Services
  • Lifeline
  • Headspace

We have supported and encouraged our youth to participate in Youth Programmes such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment (RYPEN) and Secondary Schools scholarship program to assist with their education

Our club has also enjoyed supporting international communities in Nepal, Samoa, Timor Leste and other countries building schools, providing fresh sources of water......

How do I become a member?

New members are encouraged to come along to a few of our weekly meetings to meet some of our members, see how we operate and get to know us better.

During this time, we will ensure that you are provided with information about Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Bendigo – this will assist you in deciding ‘if Rotary is for you’. Membership of Rotary is by invitation and if, after a period of four to five visits if you wish to join the Club, your application for membership will be submitted to the members and Board of the Club.

Do I have to attend every meeting?

Members are encouraged to attend meetings on a regular basis. Attendance and fellowship at the weekly meetings is an important part of the fabric of the Club and provides the ‘glue’ that keeps us active in the community and successful with our service projects.

We do, however, recognise that members have commitments other than Rotary and therefore do not insist on attendance at every meeting. For periods of extended absence, it is possible to apply for a Leave of Absence (subject to membership fees etc being current). During such a period of absence, members are not expected to attend weekly meetings, but are certainly welcome to ‘pop in’ if time permits.