The first Rotary Club was formed by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1905. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.
Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as the 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 & professions;
The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations;
The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business & community life;
The advancement of International understanding, goodwill & peace through a world fellowship of business & professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:
Meeting new friends and like minded people, while working to effect change within the community; Advancing business and professional contacts;
Learning new skills, developing leadership skills;
Gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues.
Through Rotary International’s service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. Rotary Foundation programs offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide.
Some 1.2 million Rotarians in 30,000 clubs in more than 160 countries make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe.
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In 2018 there are 21 Rotary Districts in Australia with over 29,000 members spread over 1107 clubs.
The Rotary Club of Mitchelton is part of Rotary District 9600.
Rotary District 9600 covers Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and that part of south-east Queensland defined by the following boundaries:
South and South-West:
The Brisbane River past Mt Crosby to where it enters the Brisbane Valley.
The Brisbane River Valley, the Bunya Mountains & upper reaches of the Boyne River.
A line west from Double Island Point just north of Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay to Theebine (just west of the Bruce Highway) and crossing the Burnett Highway north of Goomeri to meet the Boyne River.
The coastline north of the Brisbane River to Double Island Point.
Resources for Prospective Members
To find out more about Rotary’s rich history and the organisation’s mission and structure, see Rotary International’s About Rotary.
The Rotarian spotlight Rotary club projects that promote literacy, provide disaster relief, support Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio, and address other critical community and world issues.
See Becoming a Rotarian for Rotary’s membership requirements and procedures.
Rotary membership is by invitation only.
If you would like to learn more about the Rotary club in your community and its various service projects, contact your local club which can be located by searching the Where Clubs Meet search facility. You can also search the Rotary Web sites database to view local clubs in your area.
If you are interested in joining Rotary, either the Mitchelton Club or another club in your area, please contact us at Mitchelton Rotary Club and we will provide further information.
To go to the Rotary International Home page click here.