Dear New Member
The Rotary Club of Kimberley South is proud to welcome you to our global community of more than 1.2 million men and women dedicated to building a better world. You are now part of a global organisation of people who apply their leadership, expertise, and diverse perspectives to solving social issues — and build lifelong friendships in the process.
You make Rotary stronger. By adding your skills, experience, and enthusiasm to our club, you can advance communities at home and on a global scale. Together, we can eradicate polio, train more skilled peacemakers, and provide lasting solutions for communities fighting disease, hunger, illiteracy, and poverty. Through the Rotary community, you can exchange ideas and build lifelong friendships with like-minded people.
I encourage you to take advantage of the resources and activities available through our club, Rotary District 9370, and Rotary International, to make your experience with Rotary both rewarding and fun.
We can provide you with opportunities to get the most out of your membership by participating in club projects and activities. For example, you can serve on a club committee where you can use your skills; you might identify a need in your community and suggest a hands-on project to address it; perhaps you want to work with a youth service programme such as Rotaract or Interact, even host a Youth Exchange student. And of course we hope that over time you can recommend a colleague or friend for membership in our club.
Our club's FaceBook page (www.facebook.com/RotaryKimberleySouth) and website (www.rotarykimberleysouth.club) will provide you with much more information and resources that will help you make a difference to the lives of people in Kimberley and further afield.
Welcome to Rotary!
President of the Rotary Club of Kimberley South
This 8-page brochure summarises the basics of Rotary with quick overviews on Volunteering your skills, Improving your community, Building your network, Service Above Self, The Four-Way Test, The Rotary Foundation, The Six Areas of Focus, and Eradicating Polio.
The ABCs of Rotary
These short articles about Rotary were first published in the weekly bulletin of the Rotary Club of North Stockton, California, U.S.A. That was well before their author, Cliff Dochterman, became president of Rotary International for the year 1992-93.
Originally called “Did Ya Know?” the pieces were prepared to share interesting facts about Rotary International with members of the North Stockton club. Later, in response to requests from other Rotary clubs, the articles were reprinted in collected form.
Here, President Cliff has brought the collection up to date in keeping with one of the emphases of his year in office as R.l. president — to help Rotarians learn more about the colorful history of their organization, its customs and traditions, and the current status of its global programs.
The Rotary Foundation
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.
The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary clubs and districts work together to provide meaningful, sustainable service. Foundation grants support projects that provide clean water, medical care, literacy classes, and other essentials to people in need all around the world. Since 1947, Rotarians have contributed nearly US$2.9 billion to the Foundation to fund these vital efforts.
The Foundation also awards Rotary Peace Fellowships for study at Rotary Peace Centers around the globe. Since 2002-03, more than 660 fellows from over 100 countries have participated.
Rotary International Theme
Every Rotary year (which runs from July to June), the incoming Rotary International President introduces a theme for the year.
RI President K.R. Ravindran chose "Be a Gift to the World" as his theme for 2015-16. Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. "Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."
Legacy Rotary Pin
Rotary has many pins for different occassions and roles, However, when every new member is inducted into Rotary membership the Club President will fix a Legacy Rotary Pin to your lapel.
Your Rotary Lapel Pin tells the world that you are a Rotarian and proud of it - wear it every day! There is no better way to start a conversation about Rotary, and that may lead to a new member for your Club.
The wheel became the symbol of Rotary in 1906, a year after the club’s formation in Chicago. Asked to design a symbol for the new club, Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, drew a simple wagon wheel with a few lines to show dust and motion. Paul Harris reasoned that the wheel symbolized "Civilization and Movement." The first pin was designed and made in New York in 1909 and featured the Rotary wheel with eight spokes.
In 1910 the Rotary Club of Philadelphia added cogs to create a working wheel, symbolizing members working together. They used 19 cog teeth in honour of their club, the 19th in Rotary.
In 1918, two Rotarian engineers from the Duluth Club, Charles Henry Mackintosh and Oscar Bjorge, argued that a cogwheel with 19 cog teeth would not work. Also, the emblem had square-cornered teeth of disproportionate size. Charles called it, “An anachronism to engineers.” Oscar sketched a new wheel with 6 spokes to symbolise the 6 Objects of Rotary at that time, and 24 cog teeth.
In 1922 the Rotary International Association declared that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Before final approval the President of Rotary Club of Los Angeles submitted one change: “The ‘hub’ design of the new ‘wheel’ is that of an ‘idler’ wheel or gear, there being no provision for the reception or transmission of power to or from a shaft,” he argued. But, he said, incorporating a keyway would make the new wheel “a real worker.” So in 1923 the keyway was added and the design, which we see on our pins today was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
Our contributions to the Foundation ensure that we can bring sustainable change to communities in need. Ask your club’s Rotary Foundation committee chair how you can support our Foundation.
- The Rotary Foundation makes it possible for Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by supporting projects that improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty.
- The Annual Fund is the primary source of funding for Foundation activities. Your contributions help Rotarians carry out a broad range of local and international projects.
- Every Rotarian is encouraged to participate in a Foundation project and contribute to the Annual Fund every year.
The Rotary Foundation: Annual Programs Fund and the Permanent Fund
The Annual Programs Fund and the Permanent Fund are equally deserving of your support; they complement each other. The Annual Programs Fund supports programs today; the Permanent Fund is designed to secure those programs for tomorrow. We invite you to invest in today’s Rotary Foundation by making yearly gifts to the Annual Programs Fund. And we invite you to invest in tomorrow by designating a gift from your current assets or a portion of your estate to the Permanent Fund.