A great turnout at Surf Show & Shine

Nine of our members and partners volunteered at the Surf Show & Shine event run by Alexandra Headland Rotary on Sunday 27 September. Over 3,000 people attended – we were told all the volunteers did a great job in making sure that people were welcome and waiting times were minimised despite the Covid-19 precautions in place.

Why not join us?  We’d love to have you!

What other volunteering is underway? 

Our members are also involved in:

  • volunteering to drive the Children’s Community Bus for The Board Meeting Surf Charity
  • assisting with the Mock Job Interviews at Maroochydore State High School on 29 October organised by Mooloolaba Rotary
  • volunteering at the RYDA Road Safety Education programs at Caloundra and Nambour in October & November

We are also investigating some other projects of our own or in conjunction with other Rotary clubs and NFPs including:

  • A regular recycling collection
  • Reverse mentoring
  • A WorkLife Program to help transition the homeless to work

Learn more at our next online meeting.

Why not join us?  We’d love to have you!

Doing good in the world

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s charity. The Rotary Foundation is organised as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees.

It takes the donations it receives from Rotary members and the public in general and transforms these into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Since it was founded in 1917, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

Donations to The Rotary Foundation fuel service projects – projects that eradicate polio, promote peace, and improve developing communities. As the charitable arm of Rotary, The Rotary Foundation taps into a global network of Rotary members who invest their time, money, and expertise into the seven areas of focus, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotary members to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model means that the very most is made of every contribution with 92% of funds spent on program awards and operations.

The Rotary Foundation partners with other organisations to increase its impact and make all donations work even harder. When a donation is made to PolioPlus, for example, every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication is matched by $2 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thanks to this partnership, all donations to end polio (up to $50 million per year) are tripled, providing critical funding toward creating a polio-free world.

Some quick facts to indicate scale (all amounts are USD):

  • Since 1988, Rotary and its partners have immunised more than 2.5 billion children against polio. As of June 2019, Rotary had committed $2 billion to global polio eradication.
  • In 2018-19, 94 fellows from 43 countries began their studies at the Rotary Peace Centres, and program awards for the fellows and centres totalled $5.0 million.
  • District grants support small-scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation’s mission. In 2018-19, the Foundation approved 494 district grants, and program awards totalled $26.3 million.
  • Global grants fund large-scale international activities with sustainable, measurable results that support Rotary’s seven areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams. In 2018-19, the Foundation approved 1,403 global grants, and program awards totalled $86.6 million.

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Core Values

Rotary’s core values represent the guiding principles of the organisation’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organisation. These are:

  • SERVICE – service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, Rotary has a culture of service that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.
  • FELLOWSHIP – individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries.
  • DIVERSITY – Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service, encouraging the diversity of vocations within the membership and in all activities and service work. A club that reflects the vocations within its community is a club with a key to its future.
  • INTEGRITY – Rotary members are committed to and expect accountability from their leaders and fellow members, both in the results of all activities and in the processes used to accomplish goals. All adhere to high ethical and professional standards in their work and personal relationships and are fair and respectful in all interactions, and conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to Rotary.

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Guiding Principles

These principles have been developed over the years to provide members of Rotary with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for relationships with each other and the action they take in the world.

The OBJECT OF ROTARY is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The FOUR-WAY TEST is a nonpartisan and non-sectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal, professional and vocational relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The five AVENUES OF SERVICE are where we channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through, which are the foundation of club activity:

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every member of Rotary to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
  • Community Service encourages every Rotary member to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognises the importance of empowering youth and young adults through leadership development / personal growth programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

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Service Above Self

Rotary’s motto, SERVICE ABOVE SELF, is as valid for today as it was in 1911 when it was adopted. This Motto embodies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation and its members and supporters.

Rotary’s Avenues of Service guides its activities:

  • Through Club Service, Rotary members have fun, build lasting friendships, and make sure that their club runs well.
  • Through Vocational Service, members of Rotary volunteer their professional skills to serve others and promote integrity in everything they do.
  • Through Community Service, Rotary members address local needs and work with their community to bring lasting improvements.
  • Through International Service, Rotary members meet humanitarian needs around the globe and promote world understanding and peace.
  • Through Youth Service, members of Rotary work with young people to help them become the next generation of leaders, visionaries, and peacemakers

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How are Rotary clubs structured?

Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s constitution and bylaws.

The club is the most important component of Rotary’s organisational structure. There are over 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 220 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs are autonomous, so the member experience varies from club to club. However, they all operate somewhat similarly. For example, all clubs have presidents, secretaries, and treasurers and committees that help them run smoothly. Each Rotary club is considered a member of Rotary International. Strong, well-run clubs enhance our members’ experiences and deliver valuable service to our communities.

There are more than 1.2 million Rotary club members (men and women), around the world. The potential to do good in their community as a member of Rotary is far greater than it was as an individual before they joined. Rotary members have the privilege of working with other like-minded people and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by bringing together their expertise, skills, and resources.

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Our Beginnings

Originally formed for fellowship, the first Rotary club quickly evolved to use the talents and resources of its members to serve the community.  

By the end of 1905, the Rotary Club of Chicago had 30 members.  Three years later a second club was established in San Francisco, California, USA.  The next year three more clubs were established on the west coast of the United States and a fourth in New York City.  Within a few years other groups formed service clubs based on the Rotary model.  

The first club in Australia was in Melbourne (1921) closely followed by Sydney (1921) and Brisbane (1923).

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What is Rotary?

Rotary International is a global service organisation whose purpose is to bring together men and women from all backgrounds and lifestyles who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world through humanitarian service and the advancement of goodwill and peace. Rotary is a non-political and non-religious organisation open to all people regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, or political preference. There are over 35,000 member clubs worldwide, and more than 1.2 million men and women as members of those clubs.

Members of Rotary believe we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues through local and international projects. Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. Since 1905, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects that make a real difference in the communities that need these.

Being a member provides the opportunity to take action and make a difference to those needing a hand up, but the flexibility of Rotary membership to fit in with individual lifestyles and busy lives also brings personal rewards, and lifelong friendships in the process.

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