The Tahlequah Rotary Club Welcomes Your Interest And Participation

Each Tuesday At Noon We Meet For Lunch In
Room 126 Of NSU The University Center
604 North Grand Ave.


The Tahlequah Rotary Club Has Several Fund Raising Campaigns Throughout The Year To Support our Local Charities We Welcome New Members To Join The Excitement Of Building A Better Community

For More Information On How To Become A Rotary Member Contact Dr. Don Ruby At 456-5511 Ext. 2964

The Object 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:

        1. The development of acquantance as an opportunity for service;
        2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his or her occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
        3. The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his or her personal business and community life;
        4. The Advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men and women united in the ideal of service.

The Rotary 4-Way Test

Of The Things We Think, Say Or Do In Business And Life

          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?

Information for Prospective Rotarians

Rotary International is one of the world's largest service organizations, with some 29,500 clubs in more than 160 countries. Annually, Rotary clubs worldwide invite a limited number of men and women to become members. These prospective members represent various businesses and professional activities in their communities. As a progressive-minded business or professional person, you will see that belonging to a Rotary club, where outstanding representatives of the different vocations in your community come together, has its benefits.

To be invited, you must be:

Rotary clubs provide:

Find out more about what Rotary has to offer. Contact your local Rotary Club or
complete our Prospective Member Contact Form and this will be forwarded to a Club in your area.

20 Answers to the Question: Why Join Rotary?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth
    and education in human relations and personal development.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 29,000 clubs in
    194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own
    community and in the world community.
  10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a
    Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has
    found assistance through Rotary.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture,
    race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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-fulfillment that
    comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly

    “He profits most who serves best.”
    Richard D. King
    Rotary International President 2001-02

President Devlyn 2000-2001invites all Rotarians to share their experiences and tell non-Rotarians why they should consider joining Rotary. Enter your comments.

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