Our aim is to contribute to our local and international community and through those efforts to make the world a better place.
Think Global - Act Local
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:
- Interact: A service organisation organised and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.
- Rotaract: Groups organised by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults aged 18-30. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167 countries.
- Rotary Community Corps (RCCs): Groups of non-Rotary members who work to improve their communities. There are more than 7,500 RCCs in 80 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.
Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; doctors, artists, small business owners and executives all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.
Wauchope Rotary is part of the Rotary international network and is within Zone 8 of Rotary District 9650. www.rotary9650.org.au
There are five clubs in the Hastings Region on the mid north coast of New South wales and one Rotaract Club.Our members come from all walks of life, representing a range of different professions. We actively pursue the Rotary motto of ‘Service above Self’. This service to others less fortunate is done in friendship. The camaraderie within our Rotary family is strong.
To be a Rotarian is to apply high ethical standards in both our businesses and private lives. We are guided in this quest by “The Rotarian Four Way Test”.
Simply: 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?
Rotary is a not for profit service organisation for people of all walks of life. Rotary is non political, non religious and non sexist and exists to alleviate the suffering of those who, for various reasons, can’t help themselves. Rotary aims to achieve world peace and understanding.
Meeting with my fellow Rotarians each week helps me feel connected to my community. Rotary Wauchope is a terrific networking opportunity and the community projects we carry out both locally and abroad really do make a difference. Rachel McCann - Wauchope Rotarian
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Welcome to Rotary for Newcomers
A primer for Rotary to get you up to speed in 5minutes or less!
In response to the often asked question “what is Rotary, or, what does it do?” This is a
simplistic overview of Rotary’s origins, structure & achievements. This is not a
detailed outline. There is so much more to Rotary, but this document should go a long
way in de-mystifying the legend of Rotary.
Rotary was the world’s first, & is therefore the world’s oldest Service club.
When Did It All Start?
Four friends who wanted to meet regularly for the sake of acquaintance & to further
their businesses formed it in Chicago in 1905. Their names were: Paul Harris, a
lawyer, Silvester Schiele, a coal dealer, Gustavus E. Loehr, a mining engineer, &
Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor.
Membership grew rapidly, & today there are over 1.2 million Rotarians in 200
Where Did The Name “Rotary” Come From?
The name “Rotary” came about because of the rotation of visits by the original four
members to each other’s offices. Initially it was known as the Chicago men’s club, &
as membership grew to a point where it was no longer practical to meet in each
other’s office, it was decided that meetings would be held once a week in restaurants
It was at this time that the group formed “ The Rotary Club of Chicago” Originally,
only one person per form of occupation was given membership, eg: dentist, doctor,
carpenter, electrician etc.
As membership grew, it was decided that the members should engage in community
projects, & the first Rotary community project was a public toilet in Chicago.
Rotary Becomes International.
When a club was formed in Manitoba, Canada in 1911, Rotary became an
International organization. Next came a Rotary club in Cuba, & from there Rotary has
expanded to the giant humanitarian fraternity that it is today.
Rotary is non-political, non-religious, & welcomes women.
Rotary was influential in the formation of the UN, & today holds a non-voting,
permanent seat on that body.
The Rotary Motto.
The sole objective of Rotary is to serve others. In fact the Rotary motto is
“Service Above Self.”
This service to others less fortunate is done in friendship. The camaraderie within the
Rotary family is strong. Rotarians meet once a week for fellowship & fun.
The Four Way Test
Rotarians are expected to demonstrate high ethical standards in their business &
private lives. They are guided by “The Four Way Test” which states:
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 & better friendship?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Demystifying Rotary: It’s Structure.
The governing structure of Rotary is quite simple.
The head body is simply Rotary International, or “RI”
Then the Rotary Foundation, known as “RF” This is the financial arm of Rotary.
Rotary divides the world into zones. There are 34 Zones worldwide.
Each Zone is divided into districts. The Hastings falls into Zone 8, district 9650.
Each district has a Governor, known as The District Governor, or “DG.”
Several Assistant Governors, or “AG’s” assists each Governor
Each district is broken down into “Clusters” There are 9 clusters in district 9650.
Each cluster has its “Rotary Club.” There are 6 such clubs in the Hastings.
For example: The Rotary Club of Wauchope, or Port Macquarie, & so on.
The strength of Rotary comes from its clubs, the grass roots.
The highest rank in Rotary is the International President.
Below the President is a governing body, the board of directors. Like any business,
this body is the administrative heart of Rotary.
Next in the chain of command come the Governors, then the assistant Governors, then
the club Presidents.
Each Rotary club is an incorporated body, subject to certain parameters set down by
Rotary International by charter. Apart from that they are completely autonomous.
Although Rotary is not a charity, it is a not for profit organization. But to be effective
there is an obvious need for funds.
So, Where Does The Money Come From?
Rotary raises its funds in several ways.
Rotarians meet once a week for fellowship & to plan local & world community
programmes. They typically meet at a club or restaurant for a meal, & a percentage of
that cost, approximately $2, is sent to Rotary headquarters. There are 1.2 million
Rotarians in 200 countries, meaning this levy becomes considerable in time. Each
club is also responsible for a further levy per member, usually a part of the annual
On top of this, each club engages in annual fundraisers such as sausage sizzles,
raffles, book sales, trivia nights, dinners & other, sometimes quite innovative means
What Happens To This Money?
The amount collected each year is distributed by each club among the projects &
programmes it set out to assist at the beginning of the Rotary year. Really, the fund
raising is two pronged. A small percentage goes to “headquarters,” while the greater
amount raised by each club goes to that club’s dedicated programmes.
Funds are also raised by donations, grants & the issuing of “Paul Harris Fellows” (or
PHF) As mentioned; a PHF is awarded for outstanding service to the cause of Rotary.
But each medal costs $US1, 000 which goes directly to headquarters. Rotary also
receives bequests from people who wish to contribute even after death.
What does Rotary do?
Rotary serves. The object of every Rotarian is to serve their fellowman. This is
achieved through a system of “branches” or committees. Each committee sets an
agenda to address a particular problem faced by certain countries or peoples.
Here are some examples with their respective acronyms.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) This is a one week residential seminar,
which concentrates on developing leadership, self-confidence, dignity & self respect
in 18-24 year olds.
Model United Nations assembly (MUNA) This assembly concentrates on building
bridges of goodwill & understanding in the minds of youth as they debate, research &
speak of a range of world issues.
Youth Exchange Programme (YEP) This programme deals with the incoming &
outgoing students from each District to & from other countries over a 12 month
period. Very educational & eye opening.
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness. (RYDA) Promotes driver awareness in youth to
prevent road deaths.
Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Raises money & invests in worthy medical
research such as: Mental illness, Indigenous health, & the provision of scholarships in
Rural medicine, & Rural nursing.
International Plastic Surgery (Interplast) Undertakes programmes of plastic &
reconstructive surgery such as cleft palates, severe burns, or other crippling injuries in
children & adults from neighbouring countries.
Rotary Youth in Agriculture (RYAG) The various RYAG programmes listed below
are developed & run by clubs to provide vocational experience for high school
Rotary Aviation Careers Expo (RACE)
Rotary World Community Service (RAWCS) is the body responsible for
international services & projects in developing countries. The following committees
come under the umbrella of RAWCS:
Rotary Volunteers (Fourth Avenue in Motion or FAIM) Volunteers work
with & train local people in developing countries, mainly the South Pacific.
Donations In Kind (DIK) This committee collects, sorts, packs & dispatches
goods when & where they are needed.
Pacific Training Aid (PTA) Educates people with skills they can then pass on
to their countrymen. Also helps them experience the Australian way of life.
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Addresses the prevention & treatment of
Malaria through research, education & training.
Adopt A School (AAS) Matches a local school with one overseas to provide
school equipment & correspondence.
Safe Water Save Lives (SWSL) Aims at providing clear water to overseas
communities by a planned system of water catchment, storage & reticulation,
& to provide education, tank construction & related health programmes.
There are other committees dedicated to various programmes, but the above are an
example of some of Rotary’s involvement in world & community projects.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Provides several & varied grants & scholarships for
local & overseas students & programmes.
Rotary rewards Rotarians & others with a “Paul Harris Fellow” medal. It is treasured
by all Rotarians as a mark of the recipient’s contribution to Rotary & world peace.
Some of Rotary’s Achievements
Was instrumental in the formation of the UN & has a permanent seat.
Help set up: United Nations Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization
Also, the International Society for Crippled Children (now Rehabilitation
After World War ll set up educational & charitable organizations through The
Provides the funds & expertise to provide clean water in developing countries.
Helps combat illiteracy by way of funds & training.
Through the “Fred Hollows Foundation” combats blindness in developing
Has all but eradicated polio worldwide. This is ongoing.
Through education, training & provision of treated nets, combats malaria.
Provides vocational training for near pacific countries.
Is still rebuilding after the India earthquake of 2001, floods in Papua, 2008
Indonesian Tsunami 2004 & raised vast sums & goods for the Victorian
bushfires of Feb. 2009.
Through Interplast & Operation Cleft, has given new hope to people, mainly
children, with horrific disfigurements & afflictions.
Has so far contributed over 1.6 billion dollars in medical research for many
diseases including cancer, mental & indigenous health & rural nursing
Provided valuable exchange programmes for students & professional people.
It must be remembered that on top of all that, each club throughout the world,
recognises & responds to local needs that are of course, unique to that club,
country or area.
In response to the question “What is Rotary” it can be seen that Rotary is a not for
profit service club that is non-political, non-religious & non-sexist. Rotary exists to
alleviate the suffering of those who, for various reasons, can’t help themselves.
Through the ideal of Service Above Self, & high ethical standards, Rotary aims at
achieving world peace & understanding.
In summation, Rotary is a vast, well structured service club, whose members maintain
high ethical standards in business & personal dealings. Rotarians believe that through
“Service Above Self,” we can achieve world peace & mutual respect among all
nations. This may not occur in our lifetime, but it will occur.