FAQs


Interested in finding out more about Rotary and the Woden Rotary Club?

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions
If you want to find out more contact us

1. What are my advantages in joining Woden Rotary?

2. What is Rotary?

3. Who are Rotarians?

4. What are the objectives of Rotary?

5. What is the motto of Rotary?

6. What is the Rotary structure?

7. How do we manage Woden Rotary?

8. What kinds of people join Woden Rotary?

9. Why does Rotary use vocational classifications?

10. What is Woden Rotary involved in?

11. Does Rotary have a structure for programs?

12. When are meeting of the Club?

13. Where are meeting of the Club?

14. What is the format of Club meetings?

15. Can non-members attend Club meetings

16. Am I required to attend meetings?

17. Can I attend other Rotary Club meetings?

18. Can I address a meeting?

19. Can I bring others to meetings?

20. How do I know what is happening in the Club?

21. Is there a regular Club newsletter to members?

22. Why call the Club Bulletin ‘The Raven’?

23. What are the other communications with members?

24. How much are the membership fees?

25. Is there a joining fee?

26. What is the cost of attending Rotary meetings?

27. How do I join Woden Rotary?

28. Can my company become a member of a Rotary Club?

29. What is Rotary District 9710


1. What are my advantages in joining Woden Rotary?

Join other like-minded men and women who have fun and fellowship while networking and providing humanitarian community service in a well-managed club with high ethical standards and to advance world understanding and peace. More details on our why join us web page.

2. What is Rotary?

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto ‘service above self’, Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

3. Who are Rotarians?

Rotarians are people like you and I. We at Woden Rotary are keen to have a club made up of people in our community who want to make a difference. Do you want to make a difference? Contact us.

4. What are the objectives 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:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of their occupation as an opportunity to serve society
  • The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to their personal, business and community life
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service

5. What is the motto of Rotary?

It is `service above self'.

Additionally, Rotary retains its 'original’ motto: `they profit most who serve best'.

Rotarians aspire to ‘The Four Way Test’: ‘

  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?

6. What is the Rotary structure?go to top button

Clubs are the most important and fundamental part of Rotary. They are independent entities that direct their its energies and activities as they chooses. However, an organization of over a million members in over 150 countries needs an overall administrative structure.

Rotary International has three levels of management:

  1. The Club – independent (while meeting the objectives of Rotary) and incorporated
  2. The District, which includes a number of Clubs - Woden Rotary is in District 9710
  3. Rotary International is responsible for overall policy and management

7. How do we manage Woden Rotary?

We are a not-for-profit incorporated body managed by a Board elected by members and have other office holders. Additionally, other members are responsible for different aspects of the Club activities and projects. We try to involve every member in as many activities as they can and are willing to undertake.

8.      What kinds of people join Woden Rotary?

Our members are men and women who want to give back to their community and take the opportunity to serve others while having fun and fellowship. We have members with the following vocations. Perhaps you can add a new vocation to the Club.

  • Anaesthetic practice
  • Biological science management
  • Building construction services
  • Building services
  • Civil engineering
  • Commercial property management
  • Commonwealth government management
  • Company administration
  • Computer hardware services
  • Construction claims
  • Defence forces
  • Environmental design
  • Environmental science
  • Forestry research
  • Geotechnical science
  • Gynaecological services
  • Health regulation
  • Information technology
  • Legal profession
  • Local government management
  • Management services
  • Meat wholesaling
  • Medical practice
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Office administration
  • Pharmacy services
  • Postal service
  • Professional engineering
  • Radiology profession
  • Real estate
  • Research and development management
  • Secondary Education
  • Software development
  • Special education services
  • Surgical practice
  • Tertiary education

9. Why does Rotary use vocational classifications?

Rotary clubs classify members according to their principal business or professional vocation. The objective is to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the community's business, vocational, and professional. Clubs can appoint ‘Honorary Members’.

10. What things is Woden Rotary involved in?

We are involved in service activities (relating to the local and international community and young people), a number of projects (relating to indigenous health, disaster relief and the eradication of polio) and raising money to fund our ‘good works’.

11. Does Rotary have a structure for programs?go to top button

Yes, there are ‘Five Avenues of Service’ in Rotary:

  1. Club Service
  2. Vocational Service
  3. Community Service
  4. International Service
  5. New Generations Service

Additionally, the Rotary Foundation provides a trust fund through which international humanitarian and educational programs are funded and actioned. We contribute to the fund.

12. When are meetings of the Club?

We normally meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm. Most Rotary Clubs throughout the world meet on a weekly basis.

Details of our meetings are on 'our meeting' page (> The Club > our Meetings).

13. Where are meetings of the Club?

Details of our meeting location are on 'our meeting' page (> The Club > our Meetings).

14. What is the format of Club meeting?

Our informal meeting go from 6 pm to 8 pm and include a meal, fellowship, club business, and, usually, a 20-minute presentation followed by questions and answers.

When we meet at cafes or other places we minimuse Club business.

15. Can non-members attend Club meetings?

You are welcome to attend our meetings – as a fellow Rotarian or as an interested observer.
Members frequently bring friends, family and colleagues to meetings – a diverse attendance makes for interesting meetings.
If you want to attend, please advise us by email (preferably two days before) so that we can arrange a meal.

16. Am I required to attend meetings?

In a general sense, the answer is yes. We expect members to be involved in Club activities including meetings. We try to make the meetings attractive so that you will want to attend. However, we do not count how many meetings you attend. Additionally, you can ‘make-up’ meeting attendance by attending another Rotary Club’s meeting (anywhere in the world) and partaking in Club activities (e.g., working groups).

17. Can I attend other Rotary Club meetings?

As a Rotarian, you can attend any other Rotary Club anywhere in the world. In District 9710 (Canberra and region) there are 50 clubs .
The best way to locate a Rotary Club to visit, particularly if you are away on business, is to check the web sites of District 9710 or use the club locator web site (includes all clubs in the world) maintained by Rotary International.
Generally, Rotary Clubs meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner and charge something similar to our meeting cost.

18. Can I address a meeting?

If you would like to address our Club members, please contact us, give us a synopsis of what you would like to present and when would be convenient. Our Meeting Program Officer will then get in touch.

We are always looking for interesting and informative speakers who will enhance the knowledge of Members.
Our meeting format usually allows a speaker 20 minutes of presentation time followed by questions and answers.go to top button

19. Can I bring others to meetings?

Of course you can! You are most welcome to bring along guests at any time. If the guest is a potential member, the club policy is that the Club will fund three visits as a guest. After that, the visitor will then pay for themselves.
Family (including children), friends and colleagues are most welcome to attend Woden Rotary meetings. Just advise us by email who is coming so that we can arrange a meal.

20. How do I know what is happening in the Club?

The Raven gives current news, including announcements at meetings (in case you were not in attendance or not listening), and information of upcoming speakers, events and project work.
We use our web site to inform members and others what is happening and we have a Facebook page where there is information on happenings.
Moreover, you can always ask members of the Board, other officers and other members to explain things – we want you to know what is going on - we do not have cliques or secret business.

21. Is there a regular Club newsletter to members?

Yes, we produce a weekly bulleting called The Raven. We distribute it by email to members (and others) and it is available in hard copy at the subsequent meeting. Past issues of The Raven (current and the previous three years) are available on the web site.

22. Why call the Club Bulletin ‘The Raven’?

There is an informative answer given on the web site.

23. What are the other communications with members?

All members receive the monthly Rotary Down Under magazine and the District 9710 issues newsletters and other communications of general.

24. How much are the membership fees?

The annual membership fees are a low (payable in two instalments) to cover the Club running costs. We use income from fund raising for ‘good works’.

25. Is there a joining fee?

No.

26. What is the cost of attending Rotary meetings?

We charge $22 per meeting to cover the cost of the meal.

27. How do I join Woden Rotary?

Firstly, you need to indicate you are interested in joining – contact us and indicate your interest or if a current member approaches you, they will advise us of your interest. Then a member proposes that you become a member and we circulate your name to all members to see if anyone knows of any reason that you should not become a member. In the rare circumstance that we have concerns about a proposed member, the Board considers the situation before we offer membership or decline the proposal. Assuming you are acceptable, we will invite you to join us. We than induct you into Rotary and the Club

28. Can my company be a member of a Rotary Club?

Only individuals can be a member of a Rotary Club. However, you company is welcome to fund your membership and support us in other ways.

29. What is District 9710?

District 9710 comprises 50 clubs in the south east of New South Wales (including the ACT) – generally east of the Great Dividing Range, north the Victorian border, west of the Pacific Ocean and south of Mittagong - Wollongong.

Last updated JW 21 November 2016go to top button