Ever heard of Rotary? No? That’s what I expected! If you have, it was probably from your grandpa and you tuned out after three minutes of hearing about his club’s weekly lunch spread. And hey, maybe you were interested until he got so passionate about the salad bar. I get it.
Salad bar aside, Rotary is kind of a big deal. With over 1.2 million members worldwide, it’s the biggest service organization on the planet. And if you’re a fan of the planet … well, that’s just what Rotary wants to preserve. Through peace. Through service. Through understanding. And — get this — NOT through religious or national affiliation. We don’t care what you believe or who you voted for. The way Rotary sees it, the most important thing is that we come together to accomplish some much-needed tasks for a lil’ group we like to call humanity.
Rotary efforts have already helped eradicate 99.9% of global cases of polio. (Never heard of polio? Thank a Rotarian for your ability to NOT know about this awful disease.) Now, armed with a massive investment and partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary is poised to take on even more ambitious global projects, including water and sanitation access, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy to name a few areas of focus. In addition to these large-scale, international projects, Rotary clubs are always working to improve their own communities, too.
So, now that you’ve actually heard of Rotary, you’re probably thinking, “Wait, should I be one of these Rotarians?”
I would never pressure you to do something that will improve your life in every conceivable way, but how about I just tell you the benefits I’ve personally seen from being involved in Rotary for seven years? And then you can decide on your own that you should absolutely, definitely join.