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Who are Rotarians?
Rotarians are people like you and I. Traditionally; they have been persons in positions of leadership in their respective businesses. We at The Rotary Club of Inverloch are keen to have a club made up of people in our community who want to make a difference. Do you want to make a difference?

Can my company be a member of a Rotary Club?

Only individuals can be a member of a Rotary Club. Accordingly, corporate membership is not an option, however naturally they are welcome to fund your membership.

What things are Rotary Clubs involved in?
The Rotary Club of Inverloch is involved in a number of projects - covering the Four Avenues of Service (Club, Vocational, Community & International). All members are assigned to one of these Committees.

Am I allowed to bring other people along to Rotary?
Absolutely yes! You are most welcome to bring along guests at any time. If the guest is a potential member, the club policy is that the club will fund two visits as a guest. Beyond the first two visits, the visitor will then pay for themselves for their meeting. If you have a partner and/or children, they are also most welcome to attend Rotary at any time.

How do I go about joining the Rotary Club of Inverloch?
  • Firstly, the Rotary Club needs to identify your Vocation or Rotary Classification. This is a description of your vocation (such as Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, etc.).
  • Once this is completed, the person inviting you into the Rotary Club will submit your name to the Membership Chairman who will arrange for it to be presented to the Board Meeting.
  • Your name is then circulated to all members to identify if they know of any reason that a potential member should not be granted membership.
  • Once the nomination of the guest has been completed and fully processed, then you will be invited to membership of the Rotary Club and inducted after payment of your fees.
  • In the circumstance that a member or members have concerns about a proposed member, then this will be considered by the clubs Board before an invitation is extended for membership and the nomination is declined.

The Rotary Club of Inverloch
The Rotary Club of Inverloch was originally chartered on the 29th April 1986.
The Club board consists of the President, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, President Elect and various Directors of the Club. This group is responsible for the running of your club. The board meets on a regular basis each month.

What kind of people join the Rotary Club of Inverloch?
Our Rotarians are all people who want to give back to their community and take the opportunity to serve others. In the Rotary Club of Inverloch, we have a mixture of Male and Female members of all ages, and we have members from the following professions:
  • Local Government Management
  • Office Administration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services
  • Insurance Broking
  • Secondary Education
  • Commercial Property Management
  • Investing
Our Rotarians are all people who want to give back to their community and take the opportunity to serve others.

How often does the Club meet?
Most Rotary Clubs throughout the world meet on a weekly basis. The Rotary Club of Inverloch meets Wednesday evenings (except Public Holidays)
6 pm Arrive
6.30 pm Meeting Commences
7.45 to 8.00pm Meeting Closes
In Rotary, this is commonly referred to as 6.00 for 6.30 pm start.

Where does the Club meet?
The standard meeting place is:
Inlet Hotel, 3-5 The Esplanade, Inverloch, 3996
Signage to the Meeting Room will be provided in the venue.
Am I required to attend a certain amount of meetings?
The answer in a general sense is yes. Rotarians are generally expected to attend 50% of club meetings or designated service activities. The 50% can be waived by the Board. Most Rotarians do not find this commitment difficult as they enjoy Rotary and the meetings, they undertake service activities which contribute to their attendance and they also enjoy doing Make-Ups at other clubs. If you are going away and unable to attend Rotary, you apply for Leave of Absence prior to your leave. This equates to a minimum level of 1 meeting per month and 1 other service involvement.
As a Rotarian, you can attend any other Rotary Club anywhere in the world. There are 48 other Rotary Clubs in District 9820 and many more in Melbourne and Gippsland alone. This is called a `Make Up'.
The best way to locate a Rotary Club to visit, particularly if you are away on business is to check the Rotary Website and this will list all clubs in an area. Generally, Rotary Clubs meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner and are about the same cost as our meetings. Generally, $18 to $22 is the range to expect.

Is there a regular Club newsletter to members?
Yes - all clubs distribute a Weekly `Bulletin' to their members. The Rotary Club of Inverloch's Newsletter is distributed by hard copy and via email to members and friends of Inverloch. Bulletins are also available for download or viewing on this site.

How do I know what is happening in the Club?
The Bulletin always list who is speaking in future weeks in the Diary Dates.

Are there any other communication opportunities?
The District 9820 Newsletter is published once a month and it is posted onto the District Website and on this site.

How much are the annual fees for Membership?
The annual membership fees for the current year are $180.00 per person for a full year, payable in 2 installments.

Is there a joining fee?

What is the cost of attending Rotary meetings?
Our Rotary Club meets on Wednesday evenings. Its meal fee is $20 per meeting.

What other costs are there with Rotary?
District Conference
Our District Governor, like all around the world, is required to conduct a District Conference for Rotarians and the Family of Rotary. In 2011, our District Conference is being held at Shepparton. The Registration Fee per attendee is approximately $300 plus your transport and accommodation. Most meals are included in the Registration Fee.
Other Social Activities
There are club social activities which we encourage all members and their partners and families to join in if they can. These may include restaurant functions, theatre nights, movies, picnics, sometimes weekends away. It varies from club to club and person to person as to what level of involvement is made.
District Functions
District 9820 has a number of functions during the year to which members of our Rotary Clubs are invited to attend. These may be Welcome Dinners for visiting exchange teams, returned Youth Exchange Dinner, District Governors Changeover Function, Celebration of International Service, and so on.

What is District 9820?
District 9820 is the compilation of 49 clubs in the east of Victoria. It ranges from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, through the Mornington Peninsula to the eastern tip of the state.

What and who is the District Governor?
The District Governor is selected by the District to lead the District for the year - commencing 1 July to 30 June. The District Governor in 2010/2011 is David Piper who is a member of the Rotary Club of Mt.Martha.

Do we know who will be District Governor next year?

In Rotary, we plan well in advance with our leadership process. The District Governor for 2010/2011 is currently known as the District Governor Elect (or DGE). The DGE is Kelvin C. Hobby.

How is the District structured?
Our District has a number of Committees which each have a Chairman and Committee members. In addition, the District Governor is assisted by a team of Assistant Governors who each have responsibility to liaise with a group of Rotary Clubs and advise them in accordance with Rotary policies and in accordance with the District Governor's direction. Our District has a number of Committees which each have a Chairman and Committee members.
Clubs comprising the district meet twice a year - (1) at assembly where incoming officers are educated in Rotary, and (2) at District Conference. Resolutions from this conference go to the Rotary International Board.

Does the District have policies for all Rotarians to follow?
Yes, District 9820 has a number of Policies which are applicable to all Rotarians in the District. They include the Sexual Harassment Policy, Privacy Policy, Email Policy and Recommended Code of Conduct for Dealing with Young Persons. All members are required to have a Police Check for their Working with Children Card.

What is Rotary?
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

Who founded Rotary?
Mr Paul Harris. The first meeting was held in Chicago on 23/2/1905.

What are the Objectives of Rotary?
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of their occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to their personal, business and community life.
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service.

Does Rotary have a Motto?
Yes - it is `Service Above Self'. It also still has its' original motto of `They Profit Most Who Serve Best'. In addition, Rotarians aspire to The Four Way Test: It goes like:
The 4-Way Test 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?

Why does Rotary use Business Classifications?
Rotary uses a classification system in an attempt to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the community's business, vocational, and professional interests among members. A classification describes either the principal business or the professional service of the organisation that the Rotarian works for or the Rotarian's own activity within the organisation.
The Club can also appoint "Honorary Members" at the Board's discretion.

Where is the head Office of Rotary?
Rotary International is an international organization with its Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois (Chicago), USA.

How does Rotary International serve clubs at the local level?
Rotary International is comprised of 529 Districts throughout the world. Each District is headed by a District Governor who is an Officer of Rotary International for their year of service. Rotary also has a number of regional offices who serve their country / regional areas. In Australia, we have an office located at Parramatta, NSW which is known as the South West Pacific Service Centre. This office serves the Australian, New Zealand and Phillipines plus the clubs in other smaller countries served from Australia and New Zealand such as Papua New Guinea, Fiji, etc. There are currently 33,580 clubs and 1.23 million Rotarians worldwide.

Does RI provide a structure to the programs to be undertaken?
Yes. There are Five Avenues of Service in Rotary. They are:
  • Club Service
  • Vocational Service
  • Community Service
  • International Service
  • New Generations Service
In addition to the above, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International provides a Trust Fund through which international humanitarian and educational programs are funded and actioned. A separate committee manages The Rotary Foundation giving and management of programs within District 9810.

Who is President of Rotary International?
The President of Rotary International in 2010/2011 is Ray Klinginsmith who is a member of the Rotary Club of Kirksville, Missouri, USA.

So Why Join Rotary?
  • Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
  • Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
  • Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development.  
  • Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
  • Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
  • Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
  • Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
  • Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
  • Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says "Rotary International." There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome - even encouraged - to attend any of the 32,000 clubs in 200 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one's own community and in the world community.
  • Assistance when Travelling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while travelling has found assistance through Rotary.
  • Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one's business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
  • The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one's personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
  • Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
  • Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one's job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.
  • The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one's ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
  • Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, colour, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
  • Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals - people who make decisions and influence policy.
  • Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.
  • The Absence of an "Official Creed": Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
  • The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfilment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one's own life. It is richly rewarding.
"He profits most who serves best."

How to join Rotary Now.
If you're interested in learning more about joining The Rotary Club of Inverloch simply email or complete the form at the bottom of the  New Membership page.
Wednesday night 6pm: Inlet Hotel, Inverloch
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