Frequently Asked Questions
What is Rotary?
Rotary is a community network of volunteers. Rotary members are generally business, professional and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and actively help build goodwill and peace in the world.
How big is Rotary?
Rotary started in the USA in 1905, but quickly spread around the world. The first Australian Rotary Club was chartered in Melbourne in 1921. Each club has a high degree of independence, and to a large extent chooses its own programs.
There are now more than 1,200,000 Rotarians spread over 200+ countries.
Is Rotary for men only?
Not at all – both men and women are members of Rotary. The Rotary Club of Mooloolaba has many female members and several have served as president in recent years, including our presidents of 2021, 2022 and 2023. Family members and partners of Rotarians are welcome to join in many Club activities.
Who can join Rotary?
Rotarians are people like you and me. Traditionally they have been persons in positions of leadership in their respective businesses. We at Mooloolaba 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?
What Rotary Isn’t
Rotary isn’t a religious, political, or nationalistic organisation. It does not interfere with the men and women members’ religious, political, or other beliefs. Rotary isn’t some kind of secret society. There are no secret handshakes or the like. Rotary clubs are a bunch of like-minded people united in their desire to make a difference in their community and the world.
What things are Rotary Clubs involved in?
The Rotary Club of Mooloolaba is involved in a wide range of projects - covering the Five Avenues of Service (Club, Vocational, Community, International and Youth). For more on our projects please have a look at “What We Do”. All members are assigned to one of these Committees.
What’s in it for me?
As a Rotarian you will:
Meet other like-minded people
Personal development (public speaking and organisational skills)
Social interaction for you and your family
Broaden your horizons
International network – be assured of a welcome and new experiences at Rotary clubs around the world
When and where do you meet?
We meet at Club Mooloolaba every Monday, except public holidays, at 6pm for 6.30pm. The meeting includes dinner, a guest speaker and normal club business and concludes around 8pm. For further information please check “Our Meetings”.
What is the cost of attending Rotary meetings?
The costs associated with being a Rotarian is provided at “Costs of Membership”.
Am I allowed to bring other people along to Rotary?
Once you’ve joined us, absolutely yes! You are most welcome to bring along guests at any time. If you have a partner and/or children, they are also most welcome to attend Rotary at any time.
Do I need to go to Rotary every week?
Not at all. We ask members to attend club meetings as and when you are able. We would hope you are able to attend at least 50% of meetings to connect with other Rotarians, share ideas and participate in club activities and projects.
Can I go to Rotary Meetings of other clubs when I am away on business?
Once you join a Rotary Club, you are welcome to visit any club anywhere in the world – in over 200 countries. Check rotary.org for clubs in the area you are visiting.
If I am unable to attend meetings for a period of time, what should I do?
It is a really simple process: record your period of absence on the members website, that’s it. The membership committee will identify any concerns regarding member participation and consult with the member to identify any issues. Our goal is to have members actively participating in our activities when they are available. If business or leisure calls you away then so be it – but when you are residing at home and are available we do want to see you involved in our activities.
Can my company be a member of the Rotary Club?
Yes. Companies may join as Corporate Members, please see “Become a Corporate Rotarian”.
How are members kept up to date with what is happening in the club?
All members are distributed our Weekly bulletin which provides updates on projects, upcoming meetings & speakers, happenings in the future, member updates, etc. You can access recent editions of our bulletin HERE.
What social media platforms does Mooloolaba use?
Club Facebook account - https://www.facebook.com/MooloolabaRotary/
Projects Facebook accounts:
- "A Night to remember Trivia Quiz" - https://www.facebook.com/mooloolabamusicquiz
"Lift the Lid Walk for Mental Health" - https://www.facebook.com/liftthelidwalkmooloolaba
Telling Stories" student writing competition - https://www.facebook.com/tellingstorieswritingcomp
How do I go about joining Mooloolaba Rotary?
Step 1- please carefully review the information provided in “Get Involved”.
Step 2 – if you are still interested then please use our Contact tab to get in touch.
Step 3 – make several visits to our club to allow us to get to know you, and for you to get to know us and what we do. This step can take as long as you wish. We are are very keen to make sure that new members join us for the right reasons – and are therefore motivated to help us to “give back” to our local and international community.
Step 4 – a club member will nominate you for membership.
Step 5 - your nomination will be put to the club board and circulated to our members for their approval, or to identify any reason that a potential member should not be granted membership.
Step 6 – once the above is complete you will be invited to attend a meeting and be inducted. You are encouraged to invite your family, friends or colleagues to this occasion. and you will become our newest Rotarian within two weeks or so of your nomination.