Prospective member information

Why join Rotary?

If you’re reading this, it’s because someone in our club believes we would be better with YOU as a member. Whether as a brand new member or one with years of Rotary service, if you’re looking for fun, fellowship, and a way to serve your community—and the world—consider Rogue Gateway Rotary Club. Our lively club has more than 50 members — actively involved men and women of varied backgrounds. Rotarians engage in service to their vocations, their communities, the world, and their local Rotary clubs. If you’re interested in camaraderie with like-minded people, business networking, and/or developing your leadership skills while improving the world around you, then you belong with us. 

What is Rotary International (RI)?

Rotary is a worldwide organization of community leaders providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and helping to build international goodwill and peace. Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self. Rogue Gateway’s service projects have included books for kindergarteners and parents, leadership camps for high school students, Duck Derby and other fundraising for local projects benefitting families and children, helping to eradicate polio worldwide, supplying a mobile health clinic in Africa, building a high school and middle school in Guatemala, building a health clinic in Nepal, helping provide a sustainable clean water supply in Central American villages, and sponsoring an outbound and hosting an inbound exchange student each year.

What is the history of Rogue Gateway Rotary Club?

Rotary International chartered Rogue Gateway Rotary Club on May 6, 1992. There were 25 charter members, many of whom are still active. We meet from 12:15 to 1:10 p.m. each Thursday at Wild River Publick House, 533 NE F Street in Grants Pass, Ore. Many of us arrive around noon for fellowship time. Rogue Gateway has won many Rotary awards recognizing its involvements, informality, and innovation. For example, we were the first club to establish both a corporate membership program and a family membership program. 

Is Rogue Gateway Rotary family friendly?

Rogue Gateway encourages participation of the entire family. We realize Rotary involvement takes time, and family members are always welcome at club meetings, fellowship events, and service projects.

What is the “Object of Rotary”?

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a 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 of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

• The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.

• The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. 

What is the Rotary 4-Way Test?

The 4-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932, and adopted by Rotary in 1943. It requires consideration of the following four questions 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?

What are the Five Avenues of Service in Rotary club committees?

  1. Club Service – acting within our club to help it function successfully
  2. Community Service – improving the quality of life within our local area 
  3. International Service – meeting needs around the globe and promoting peace and goodwill
  4. Vocational Service – serving others with our skills and acting with integrity in everything we do
  5. Youth Service – working with young people to nurture the next generation of leaders. 

What are the Six Areas of Focus in Rotary International (RI) activities?

  1. Peace and Conflict Resolution
  2. Disease Prevention and Treatment
  3. Water and Sanitation
  4. Maternal and Child Health
  5. Basic Education and Literacy
  6. Economic and Community Development

What are the membership requirements for Rogue Gateway Rotary?

Membership in Rotary is by invitation. A primary goal is to continually expand the club with committed members who have the interest and ability to be involved in service and humanitarian projects. Prospective members must:

  • Hold or be retired from a professional or community leadership position; 
  • Have the capacity to participate in the club’s meetings, activities, and projects; 
  • Have the ability to help support the club and Rotary through dues and financial contributions;
  • Live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area.

Once a Rogue Gateway Rotarian proposes you for membership, a three-step process ensues:

  1. Representatives of our membership committee meet with you to verify your commitment and answer your questions, then make a recommendation on your application to the entire committee. 
  2. The committee’s recommendation on your proposed application goes to our board of directors, which votes on whether to present it to the entire club for posting.
  3. After two weeks of successful posting, we schedule an induction ceremony to welcome you.

Are there participation requirements for Rogue Gateway Rotary?

The club has no participation requirements. We do encourage and recognize 100% attendance at the weekly club meetings. However, we know this is not always possible because of schedule conflicts, vacations, and busy lives. Opportunities for meeting “make-ups” are readily available. Our informal expectation of an active member is about 25 engagements per year. With all of our activities and service projects in addition to our regular meetings, there are approximately 75 opportunities to engage each year.

What are the financial implications of joining Rotary?

  • A one-time initiation fee of $50 is payable in the first month of membership.
  • Annual dues of $250 are payable in semi-annual sums of $125 in June and in December. 
  • A luncheon buffet is served each Thursday; the full lunch is $10; a salad bar is $6. 
  • Optional “happy bucks,” fun fines, PolioPlus jar, 50-50 drawings, auctions, and other small donations (usually $1 to $5) are regularly available at meetings.
  • Optional club fundraisers and fellowship activities are held throughout the year. Participating members can sell tickets or other merchandise or purchase items themselves.
  • Optional Rotary Foundation, tax-deductible contributions fund regional and global activities in the Six Areas of Focus listed above—including our own club projects.

If you have questions, the member who invited you will have answers or connect you with someone who does. You can find us on facebook, visit our website at roguegateway.org, and the RI site at rotary.org 

We encourage you to join us!   

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