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Q – What is a Satellite Club?

A Satellite club is a Rotary club but does not have a “charter”.  The constitution of the Sponsor club provides the framework for the Satellite club which is semi-autonomous within that framework.

Q – A Passport to What?

Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary is a satellite of the Alexandra Headland Rotary Club but shares the ideals embraced by ‘Passport’ clubs.  Rotary International has endorsed many new forms of club types, and members have the same rights and privileges as Rotarians in traditional clubs

Q – How do they differ from traditional Rotary clubs?

The ‘Passport’ model has these ideals:

  • Flexibility, affordability, accessibility and innovation
  • Fewer in-person meetings
  • A ‘passport’ to visit other Rotary clubs and take part in their activities and projects
  • Allows young professionals and others to make Rotary fit their busy lives, engaging in service in ways that fit their family, work and life commitments

The structures may be different, but the underlying reason people become members of Rotary is the same – Rotarians are dedicated people who want to make a difference in their communities and in the world

Q – I thought Rotary Clubs have to meet weekly?

NO – there is no requirement to meet weekly. Historically, weekly meetings were very much part of the Rotary tradition. There was and is often an obligation to pay for meals, making membership expensive as the biggest cost is those meeting charges. While it is changing, only a small percentage of Rotary clubs have adopted a more flexible policy.

Q – So what about club meetings?

Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary is getting together in a social setting on the 4th Sunday of each month, and online on the 2nd Monday.  Of course, in between there are lots of volunteering opportunities with other Rotary clubs and Not-for-Profits.  We are even considering projects of our own!

Families are welcome to attend social events, so bring some food, wine and cheese if you want.

The Club’s Board will meet every other month to make strategic decisions for the club’s development and approve projects and expenditure.

Our ‘events’ page includes future meetings and the current opportunities to volunteer.

Q – What topics will be covered at member meetings?

Meetings – in whatever form – are an opportunity to discuss service projects, volunteering opportunities, and objectives to maintain progress and hear committee feedback. Those organisations that the club would like to help will also be discussed, and other ideas kicked around.

Q – Is there an expectation to attend meetings?

NO, members are not judged by how many meetings they attend. Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary is a service club first and foremost.

Q – What are the expectations then?

Simply to help out when you can and achieve 30 hours a year volunteering minimum; this is reduced to 20 hours a year for members under the age of 30. You will enjoy it so much that you will want to do a lot more. After all, it’s why you joined Rotary to make a difference – you choose how much you can participate.

Q – What about fundraising?

A good question, Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary’s focus  is to collaborate with other clubs and non–profits on their service projects. The plan is to offer club members to provide leadership, passion and integrity rather than taking on fundraising events that raise money to give to others. Rotary has a long tradition of raising millions of dollars for many good causes, passport club members assist in this process with other clubs and also work directly in the community with not for profit groups to help them raise funds. Actually taking part serving the community is highly rewarding and engaging. Fundraising events for the club will be necessary from time to time but only to support a specific project that we are working on – or to support Rotary’s charity, The Rotary Foundation.

Q – No guest speakers, really?

YES – just to clarify, Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary will not have guest speakers for entertainment, any speaker will only be asked to attend for the benefit of the club – to discuss a project and the club’s involvement, report back on a project etc. One of Rotary’s key mottos is “Service Above Self” and in all our dealings we will always try and adopt that thinking.

Q – How is the club funded?

Rotary International is a global organisation with infrastructure at a Club, District and International level to support its members. So each member pays fees (see here) to cover the club’s obligations to Rotary International and our Rotary District 9620 (including for insurance) plus a small additional amount towards the club’s operating costs. We also need a joining fee to cover some purchases on your behalf. It’s generally considerably cheaper than most traditional Rotary clubs as we have no charge for meetings.

ALL OUR MEETINGS ARE FREE

Q – What other sources increase club funds?

Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary puts a high value on partnerships with other organisations, and working with local schools, charities and businesses. This will enable the seeking of sponsorship and sharing opportunities. Grant opportunities are also available for non-profit organisations.

Q – Isn’t Rotary an organisation for retirees and people over 50?

It is fair to say that only 12% of members are under 50 but this is rapidly changing through the new Rotary club models being introduced.

New Rotary clubs – like the passport version – offer the flexibility and focus to attract young people. Some of Rotary’s passport clubs have an average age of 35. Sunshine Coast Passport Rotary is aiming to achieve a balance of experience and drive taking in many different age groups – people who value productivity and want to make an effective use of their time. The average age of our members currently is 61 but we expect that to be lowered as an increasing number of youn professionals join us.

Q  How do I join?

Look at it as “how do I invest my time and energy in Service”!

The best way to become a member of our club, or to simply see what we are all about, is to join us for a meeting or at a volunteering opportunity.

If you wish to invest the time you have to volunteer with us, we’d love to hear from you. Go to our web and social links to learn more via our bio links page

Complete the application form to join the Rotary Satellite Club of Alexandra Headland – Sunshine Coast Passport. Once your application is approved, joining and membership fees will become payable.

A minimum of 20 members will be needed to charter as an independent club. Our members will come from any walk of life, past Rotary members, present and past Rotaractors, business people, students, families and so on.

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