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Interested in Joining Rotary?

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  • Is It For You?

There’s something that all Rotary club members have in common: We take action. As community volunteers, we reach out to neighbors in need. We build, support, and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally.

Around the world and around the corner, the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary

  • Get involved in their communities
  • Connect with other professionals
  • Share their time and experience with young people
  • Support global causes, such as eradicating polio
  • Use their skills to help others

Whether you’re a veteran volunteer or new to community service, we’re looking for people like you.

Why join Rotary?

Maybe you’ve seen a need in your own community and wondered how you could help. Maybe you want to use your professional skills to help others — or even learn new skills. Maybe you’re seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in your community or abroad.

Whatever your reason, joining Rotary can help you achieve these goals, and so much more. See why these men and women are members of their local Rotary club. Then learn how you can get involved.

Community service

“I joined Rotary to help make the Community (Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, Internationally) a better place for all through the power of Rotary..”–Gord Durnan, Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
“I have lived in Gravenhurst my whole life, as a little girl I knew I wanted to be part of something as giving and community oriented as Rotary. When I graduated high school I was awarded a Rotary Scholarship. When I started back in the work force after having my first child I knew it was time to start my adventure with The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst. This was my time to start giving back.” —Tawnya Pulfer-Habel, Rotary Club of Gravenhurst,
ON, Canada  


I decided to join Rotary in Gravenhurst because I had moved from the big city to my cottage and wanted to meet like-minded people where my new home is. It also was a means of getting back into community service and rewarding volunteer work. This has worked out very well because I now have a great group of Rotarian friends and am able to spend a lot of time helping out in the community.
–Enno Hoekstra, Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
“Rotary provides an environment for developing strong friendships and business relationships.”
— Pete Sinsky, Rotary Club of Kenosha West, Wisconsin, USA


Leadership skills

“Leadership is a key focus of Rotary. Through Rotary, you have the opportunity to expand your leadership skills and achieve your goals.”
— Norma Madayag-Reilly, Rotary Club of Newark, New York, USA
“A week doesn’t go by that I don’t learn something new from the speaker at our club or just from working on projects with people. It’s an opportunity to grow indefinitely.”
— Stephen Brown, Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, California, USA


International service

I joined Rotary because it has a great reputation for being effective in initiating and implementing humanitarian causes. Also, Rotary is dedicated to a two-prong approach including both local causes and international causes – I like the fact that I don’t need to choose between the two – I can do both at Rotary! Finally, I joined to connect with like-minded people who care about our community and want to make a real difference in our community and in the world.
–Nancy Beal, Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
“If you truly want to give back to the community – and to the world at large – you join Rotary. It has an arm that reaches across all barriers. To be part of that is very powerful.”
— Aruna Koushik, Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada



“I joined Rotary to give back to the community. Just can’t always be taking from community. Also to meet new people who are the movers and shakers in town.”–Richard Augustine, Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
“I found a fellowship where every nation, every color, all of humanity can be like a family. I’ve got a place where I can serve my people and serve the world.”
— Ailinda Sawe, Rotary Club of Dar-es-Salaam-Mzizima, Tanzania



“We want families with children to join Rotary, so we try to be very flexible. Family commitments always take precedence.”
— Wendy Scammell, Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, Newfoundland, Canada
“For me, Rotary is a way of life – one that my husband and I have lived our whole lives.”
— Julia Gereda de Carlin, Rotary Club of Monterrico-Surco, Peru


Opportunities for young people

“I have always been interested in helping my
community. Rotary gives me a strong and reputable support team.
Sander, Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada
“A great tool Rotary has is its educational programs. I was an exchange student (Rotary Youth Exchange) in Switzerland in high school. That’s how I got involved and what made me want to give back.”
— Jorge Aguilar, Rotaract Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA


Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.

Made up of over 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world, Rotary International forms a global network of business, professional, and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world – and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.

Our motto, Service Above Self , exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide . Service efforts are directed toward our areas of focus:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

Do you know a Rotarian? Maybe you have the inclination to get involved but want to do it in a more organized manner.. Perhaps you would like to speak with one of your local Rotarians to see what Rotary means to them?

If you know a Rotarian and are interested why not speak with them to find out more. Possibly you would like to attend one of our meetings and see the fellowship that is involved in our club?

Just fill out this simple form and a Rotarian will call you and answer any questions you may have to help guide you to make an informed decision…

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  1. I would like more information on joining your Rotary Club. We are just opening a business in Gravenhurst in the next couple of weeks and want to get involved with the community. Share what it is we do as well


    Janet Soundy

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