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1 Membership Night presented by Grayslake Rotary Club Welcome to

2 What is Rotary? Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united world-wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united world-wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The object of Rotary is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” The object of Rotary is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.”

3 Rotary’s beginnings The first Rotary club was organized in Chicago in 1905, by Paul P. HarrisThe first Rotary club was organized in Chicago in 1905, by Paul P. Harris The club, with four members, met in rotation at the offices of the members – thus the name Rotary.The club, with four members, met in rotation at the offices of the members – thus the name Rotary.

4 The Object 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: FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; SECOND: 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; SECOND: 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; THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

5 Service Above Self It didn’t take the first Rotarians long to recognize that fellowship alone would not keep a group together – there needed to be a purpose – Service.It didn’t take the first Rotarians long to recognize that fellowship alone would not keep a group together – there needed to be a purpose – Service. The first service project was a public restroom in downtown Chicago.The first service project was a public restroom in downtown Chicago. Rotary became the world’s first service organization.Rotary became the world’s first service organization.

6 Rotary International Firsts First Rotary Club Meeting was in Chicago on February 23, 1905.First Rotary Club Meeting was in Chicago on February 23, First Rotary Convention was in Chicago in 1910.First Rotary Convention was in Chicago in First Rotary Club outside the U.S. was Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1910.First Rotary Club outside the U.S. was Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in First Rotary Club outside North America was Dublin, Ireland in 1911.First Rotary Club outside North America was Dublin, Ireland in 1911.

7 The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, or do In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four- Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary 11 years later. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

8 ROTARY TODAY Rotary now boasts over 1.2 million members worldwide.Rotary now boasts over 1.2 million members worldwide. There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, sexes, and creeds.Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, sexes, 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.As signified by the motto “Service Above Self,” Rotary’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

9 Interested in Joining Rotary? Ask any Grayslake Rotarian about joining us for a lunch meeting!Ask any Grayslake Rotarian about joining us for a lunch meeting! We meet every Monday, at 11:30 am, at The Vine in downtown Grayslake.We meet every Monday, at 11:30 am, at The Vine in downtown Grayslake. We will be happy to have you join us!We will be happy to have you join us! For more information about our club, us at more information about our club, us at

10 Areas of Service Rotary’s commitment to Service is channeled through the 4 Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity: Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the smooth functioning of the Rotary clubs. Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the smooth functioning of the Rotary clubs. Vocational Service involves members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and inspire others in the process. Vocational Service involves members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and inspire others in the process. Community Service is the opportunity clubs have to implement projects and activities that improve life in their local community. Community Service is the opportunity clubs have to implement projects and activities that improve life in their local community. International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace.

11 Follow the $$$ 100% of all funds collected by the Grayslake Rotary Club will benefit charitable causes.100% of all funds collected by the Grayslake Rotary Club will benefit charitable causes. The three focus areas for the Grayslake Rotary Club’s giving in 2012 are:The three focus areas for the Grayslake Rotary Club’s giving in 2012 are: Worldwide Polio Eradication Worldwide Polio Eradication Avon Township Food Pantry Avon Township Food Pantry Grayslake High School Scholarships Grayslake High School Scholarships

12 Polio Eradication a 25 year global goal PolioPlus, the most ambitous program in Rotary’s history, is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicating to eradicating polio.PolioPlus, the most ambitous program in Rotary’s history, is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicating to eradicating polio. For more than 25 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease.For more than 25 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.

13 Avon Township Food Pantry Supplies food assistance to Avon Township residents in need. (Grayslake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Third Lake, and unincorporated Avon Township)Supplies food assistance to Avon Township residents in need. (Grayslake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Third Lake, and unincorporated Avon Township) Began in 1990, and in 2010 provided emergency sustenance to over 29,000 township residents.Began in 1990, and in 2010 provided emergency sustenance to over 29,000 township residents. On average, provides 650 food packages per month, equating to 2500 people served.On average, provides 650 food packages per month, equating to 2500 people served. Receives no tax funding, depends solely on donations.Receives no tax funding, depends solely on donations. Every $1 donated buys on average 8 pounds of food from Northern Illinois Food Bank.Every $1 donated buys on average 8 pounds of food from Northern Illinois Food Bank.

14 Rotary Scholarships 2 annual scholarships awarded to Grayslake Central and Grayslake North high school seniors showing standout excellence in academics, civic involvement, and leadership.2 annual scholarships awarded to Grayslake Central and Grayslake North high school seniors showing standout excellence in academics, civic involvement, and leadership award winners:2012 award winners: Jessamyn Larsen – Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, to major is music education Jessamyn Larsen – Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, to major is music education Carolyn Kick – Carthage College, Kenosha, pursuing Political Science/Government, Women’s & Gender Studies Carolyn Kick – Carthage College, Kenosha, pursuing Political Science/Government, Women’s & Gender Studies Grayslake Rotary also sponsors 2 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) scholarships annually.Grayslake Rotary also sponsors 2 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) scholarships annually.

15 Grayslake Rotary Club - Past Projects Grayslake Polio DayGrayslake Polio Day Shelterbox Donations to Haitian Earthquake VictimsShelterbox Donations to Haitian Earthquake Victims Working Bikes & Electronics Collection DriveWorking Bikes & Electronics Collection Drive Winter Clothing Collection DriveWinter Clothing Collection Drive CLC Vocational Scholarship SponsorshipsCLC Vocational Scholarship Sponsorships Grayslake High School Academic Merit ScholarshipsGrayslake High School Academic Merit Scholarships Rotary Youth Leadership Award SponsorshipsRotary Youth Leadership Award Sponsorships Thanksgiving & Christmas Holiday Meal DonationsThanksgiving & Christmas Holiday Meal Donations Grayslake Summer Days Bingo Tent & RaffleGrayslake Summer Days Bingo Tent & Raffle Grayslake Golf TournamentGrayslake Golf Tournament Grayslake Chili CookoffGrayslake Chili Cookoff Uncorked! Wine-TastingUncorked! Wine-Tasting

16 Interested in Joining Rotary? Ask any Grayslake Rotarian about joining us for a lunch meeting!Ask any Grayslake Rotarian about joining us for a lunch meeting! We meet every Monday, at 11:30 am, at The Vine in downtown Grayslake.We meet every Monday, at 11:30 am, at The Vine in downtown Grayslake. We will be happy to have you join us!We will be happy to have you join us! For more information about our club, us at more information about our club, us at


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