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Who are we?

Fremont Bridge Rotarians are a group of business, civic, charitable or retired professionals & leaders that are committed to serving both our local & global community. We invite you to join us should you see here that your goals and desires match what we are accomplishing. We welcome people from different cultures, color, religions & beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation to come and be a part of the good work we do in Rotary. Rotary is one place that has the ability to join people together, even though we may come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs. Deep relationships are formed tying our community together in doing good work shoulder to shoulder with each project we undertake. Each Rotarian promises the following in the things they 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 is beneficial to all concerned?

This is the standard of Rotarians worldwide and we adhere to it.

What do we do?

Whether it be a recent local project recent local project or raising money for an international project, our members have lots of choices and options to participate locally, through our district projects or to join any of the thousands of ongoing projects being hosted by Rotary clubs all around the world. Take a look at Our Blog to see what we have one in the last few months, we hope you are impressed. If you prefer to be involved in the larger scale projects of Rotary International, look here to see the core areas the Rotary Foundation is making a difference for the peoples all around the world. Be the difference in the world, make a difference by creating meaning in your life with Rotary.

Why join Fremont Bridge Rotary?

A former Rotary International Worldwide President made a list of “Why should I join Rotary?” and we think it is a great list of reasons to join. Here it is:

1. Friendship – In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of he reason Rotary was started in 1905.
2. Business Development – The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth & Development – Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development – Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership : learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community – Membership in Rotary makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most citizens of any community.
6. Continuing Education – Each meeting of event at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.

7. Fun – Rotary is fun, a lot of fun! Each meeting or event is fun! Club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. Service projects are fun.
8. Public Speaking Skills – Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence, skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
9. Citizenship in the World – Every Rotarians wears a pin that says “Rotary International”. There are few places in the world that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarians is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographic regions. This means instant friends both one’s own community and in the world community
10. Assistance when Traveling – Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many Rotarians when in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc. while traveling have found assistance through Rotary.

11. Entertainment – Every Rotary club and District has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conventions, conferences, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education and service.
12. The 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.

13. Family Program – Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians, opportunities for spouse involvement, and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.

14. Vocational Skills – Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his/her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about own’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, business owner, etc.

15. Development of Ethics – Rotarians practice a Four Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

16. Cultural Awareness – Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of other’s cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their country in the process.

17. Prestige – Rotary’s members are prominent people: leaders in business, the professions, art, military, government, sports, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.

18. Nice People – Rotarians above all are nice people – the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.”

19. The Absence of an “Official Creed” – Rotary has no secret hand shake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

20. The Opportunity to Serve – Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian : the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding.

When do we meet?

 

We typically meet every 2nd Saturday of each month for club meeting and then again on the 3rd or 4th Saturday to do a service project. Our location we meet for club meetings is located at Critosphere 7100 Stevenson Blvd. Fremont, CA 94538 from 2pm to 3pm. Our locations for service projects will vary depending on what we are doing that month. It’s best to reach out to us using the Call Us button to confirm before you attend.

How do I join Fremont Bridge Rotary?

Step 1 – Attend a meeting or service project to introduce yourself. Contact us to make arrangements to we know to expect you when you come.

Step 2 Complete an application form – this will be provided to you by someone in our club. The cost for an individual membership is $250 per year, $350 the first year to set up your membership, Rotary pin, and name badge. This includes your dues for our club, the district and Rotary International. We have no meeting fees to attend our meetings or service projects. Frequently we may ask for donations for the projects we are working on and then there are some minimal “fines” for not wearing your Rotary pin, buying a new house, having a birthday or anniversary or something or other good happening in your life- but this is usually minimal. The cost for a corporate membership is $750 per year and you have between 3 and 10 coworkers join together. You all need to be from the same company. You sort of become a team and share your Rotary responsibility together – and you all get the benefit of being Rotarians.

Step 3 – Review the requirements and commitments of being a Rotarian before making the final decision. There are requirement with regard to attendance for both individual membership and corporate memberships. For individuals, you must attend a minimum of 50% of ALL club events and service projects. This is mandatory and tracked. Keep in mind that Fremont Bridge Rotary is much more flexible than most standard Rotary clubs because most clubs meet once a week and have the same or even more strict attendance requirements. We are very flexible, but also need to make sure you are not doing this in name only and are actually contributing and participating. Total attendance requirement for an individual membership is 70% overall. This means that after you have met the 50% requirement for club meetings and events, you can complete the other 30% required by attending ANY official Rotary meeting. This can include visiting other clubs, attending area, district or international meetings or projects as well. Of course we want you to participate as much as possible, but these are the minimum requirements. The corporate attendance requirement is different from the individual attendance requirement in that between all the corporate team members, 100% attendance is required at club events and projects. Of course all Rotarian team members can attend as many other meetings, projects, trainings, conferences as they like as well.

Being a Rotarian means being a leader in your profession or vocation. Someone with ethics people can count on to deal honestly and fairly with others. Someone who follows the Four-Way Test daily in their life. The Rotary Four-Way Test is:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to call concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will is be beneficial to all concerned?

Becoming a Rotarian will change your life in ways you will never anticipate. You will develop lifelong relationships with others you would not meet in any other way. These Rotarians will stand by you when you need a friend and will help you when you face problems and need assistance or guidance. It’s truly a privilege to be selected and accepted to become a Rotarian. The former President of Rotary International 2001-2002, Richard D. King, clearly stated that “Mankind is our Business”. We are in the business of taking care of mankind – solving health problems, providing clean drinking water, providing immunizations, helping girls in developing countries get access to education and so much more. Do you want to be a part? Reach out to someone in our club today.

We have included here a few videos of an interview done by Paul Andrus, one of our members, with Richard (Rick) D. King and some his answers to questions Paul had about Rotary. Enjoy.

Member Geeta Kadambi’s Project

Sight Now Project

Richard D. King Interview by Paul Andrus

Why I joined Rotary

Abridged Interview

Interview with Richard D. King & Paul Andrus

Meetings

Meeting 2nd & 4th Saturday of Month

During COVID-19 via Zoom

7100 Stevenson Blvd

Fremont, CA 94538

Meeting 2pm-3pm

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