By Faiza Shafeek

Over the past five months I have tried to highlight What is, or who is, a Rotarian? I hope that I have manged to offer some insight of who we are and of the amazing work that Rotarians do to help their communities.

Below are in my opinion the 10 top reasons for becoming a Rotarian.

1. The Development of Ethics

Rotarians practice a 4¬Way Test that governs their ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

2. Friendship / Fellowship / Community

Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

3. Personal Growth and Development

Membership in Rotary ensures continuing growth and education in human relations and personal development.

4. Rotary in the Community

Membership in a Rotary club helps develop better community citizens. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community, who work hard to help in whatever way they can. The Rotary motto is “Service above Self”.

5. Citizenship in the World

Every Rotarian wears a pin that says, “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 30,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This encourages new friendships in both local and world communities.

6. Development of Social Skills

Every meeting and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills, and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.

7. Entertainment

Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities such conferences, assemblies, fund raising events,

8. Public Speaking Skills

Many individuals who joined Rotary were uncomfortable about speaking in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.

9. Fun (with a purpose)

Rotary is a fun and exciting place to be.

And finally, Rotarians are nice people!

Many months ago, I said” That I have been a Rotarian since 2011, the friendships that I have made as a Rotarian over those years, has given me much joy” Those words still stand today. Faiza Shafeek President of the Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign and Assistant District Governor of Rotary District 1120.

If you wish to know more or are interested in becoming a Rotarian please contact: Faiza Shafeek Assistant District Governor of Rotary District 1120 at: