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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.
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.
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
Interview with Richard D. King & Paul Andrus