Why 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.

Community Service

"I joined Rotary to serve and give back to the local community. It is a great group of people."

Lamont Brown – Stafford Rotary, Stafford, Virginia– Rotary member since March 2011.

“Rotary is great community service group as well as an International organization. I joined because Rotary was making a difference.”

Laura Feld-Mushew -Lake Ridge Rotary Club, Member since March, 2010.

“I joined Rotary to begin a lifelong habit of giving and interactive community involvement.”

Will Austin, Gainesville-Haymarket RC. Member since May, 2011

“Rotary is the opportunity to pay back our community some form of service for all the blessings received.”

Bill Jarrett, Alexandria Rotary Club. Member since April, 1994

“Rotary is a service organization and, as my work is one of service, Rotary was a perfect match!”

Dave Varrelman - North Stafford-Garrisonville Rotary Club, Rotarian since 1972


“Because I finally found an organization whose ethics matched mine and a group of people who want to give back.”

Kat Kammer – Stafford Rotary Club –Rotary member since July 2006

"I joined Rotary because I wanted a connection to my newfound community, and Rotary was what I grew up with as a child. I stay a Rotarian because fellow Rotarians remind me to be kind to others, inspire me to take pride in my profession, and push me to improve our surroundings one small work at a time."

Suyong Min, Rotary Club of Bailey's Crossroads, Member since May, 2003

“Rotary gives me the opportunity to build relationships with people in the community and to make a difference in my community.”

Steve Aycock - Rappahannock/Fredericksburg Rotary Club, Member since September, 1995.

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

“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

International service

“I became involved in Rotary through my employer and quickly came to realize the great friends and sense of community my club gives. I am very interested in our international project in Honduras and hope to get involved in it soon."

Tammy Campbell – Stafford Rotary – Rotary member Since July 2010.

“I joined Rotary because, as a part of this international service club, I could contribute to my local community and the larger community of the globe. By being a member of Rotary, my small contribution combined with all other Rotarians makes a huge impact, that as an individual I could not make alone.”

Colleen Bonadonna - West Point Rotary - Member since October, 2006

“I've become much more internationally focused, and understand that there's so much more I can do as part of a bigger whole than I could ever do on my own.”

Toni McAndrew, Rotary Club of Mid-Valley (Dickson City), Pennsylvania

“Rotary gives me an opportunity to reach beyond my normal life to other cultures and to feel satisfied through the service Rotary provides throughout the world."

Jack Pitzer Alexandria RC Member since November, 1994

“Rotary is the best way to reach out to those who have less than we do; to help humanity.”

Fred Kalema-Musoke - Burke Rotary Club, Member since November, 2006


“I joined Rotary because I saw the opportunity to serve my local and international communities while enjoying the fellowship that I had enjoyed throughout my military career.”

Jon Allan – Burke Rotary Club. Rotary member since October 1984

“Every Rotary club in the world, no matter how big or small, has one thing in common: friendship. And it's from this base of friendship that we serve our community.”

Kemal Attila, Rotary Club of Ankara-Tandogan, Turkey

“Because I was asked! I respected the person who invited me to visit/join his club. I did and was president three years later!”

Charlie Mills -Gainesville-Haymarket RC. Member since October, 2005

“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


“I am following a family tradition by being I Rotary as I am a third generation Rotarian.”

Priscilla Godfrey - Purcellville Rotary Club, Member since November, 2003

“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

"Rotary “provides an opportunity to give back to the local, regional and world communities. I picked Camp RYLA because I love working with kids and working to provide them with skills to prosper in the future.”

Cal Marcantel - Bull Run Rotary Club, Member since July, 1980

“There's so much diversity in the work Rotary does. It can give you exposure to so many different areas and help you find what your interests really are.”

Andrea Tirone, Rotaract Club of University of Toronto, 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

Check out a club near your work or home and attend as a guest of the club to discover the world of Rotary. Rotary Clubs usually meet at mealtime: breakfast, lunch or dinner, and meetings last just one hour. Come visit Rotary.

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