The role of our committee is to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for the recruitment and retention of members.
Why We Are Here
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders, united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. (Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31 000 Rotary Clubs located in 168 Countries.) Our focus within the Ballina Club is to help the needy within our community. We gain the satisfaction of giving of ourselves, of that one thing that cannot be valued in monetary terms. Within our regional Rotary District 9640, we refer to this simply as Lead The Way.
The Object of Rotary
We encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and encourage:-
– The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
– High ethical standards in business and professions; thereby dignifying each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
– The application of ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.
– The advancement of international goodwill through a world fellowship of professionals united in the ideal of service.
What is Ideal of Service?
Ideal of Service is based on the four Avenues of Service that comprise Rotary International’s philosophical cornerstone. (Rotary Clubs worldwide become involved in each avenue in support of the Object of Rotary.):-
– Club: We serve our club through building relationships (fellowship), implementing a diverse and vibrant speaker program (internal and external), innovative meeting style and structure, being responsive to our members’ needs and through being respectful of our family and business structures.
– Vocation: We strive to serve the community by setting an example of exemplary business standards and high ethical practice in all that we do. We develop vocational service through our leadership programs: recognition of service excellence and pride of workmanship, encouraging free speech in speech competitions in both primary and secondary students, funding of scholarships for those who can best benefit and through assisting local schools with literacy and numeracy aids.
– Community: We take part in Community Service activities by collecting materials for the needy, working to develop programs for the unemployed and being proactive in community fund raising events to raise revenues for distribution to pre-determined nonprofit organisations of need.
– International: Our annual contribution to Rotary International (pro rata to membership numbers) is utilised: with the international Polio Eradication program, through volunteering in a predetermined third world country program, to hosting a young scholar through youth exchange programs and by facilitating the movement of goods from the surplus to the needy.
What We Have Achieved
This year marks our 58th year of continuous service to the community over which time it is estimated we have raised in excess of $500 000 for charities in need. For the financial year ended 6/06, disbursements from the project account totaled $19 430.
Established fund raising activities include the annual ‘Great Duck Race’ and the ’50’s Plus Expo’ held on alternate years. These are complemented with Bookfest, Charity Golf Days, Meals with a Difference and other such social events.
Major community events of recent times include the upgrade of the Rotary Lookout in East Ballina, a Mental Health Forum and the ongoing distribution of Bowel Scan kits.
New Generation activities include annual proactive support for the highly successful youth exchange, leadership and scholarship programmes to which the Club commits.
Where We Are Going
It is no secret that with escalating worldwide conflicts and disasters of a political and environmental nature, humanitarian suffering rises as a consequence. At home, the rift between the haves and the have nots also continues to increase. As Rotarians, we are well placed to escalate our own endeavours to fulfil our objective. It is our goal to dramatically increase our membership, activities and community support to achieve these needs. If the direct result of all this is additional light hearted fellowship, then so be it.
Rotarians the world over enjoy the knowledge that their colleagues, who ever they are and wherever they are located, share the one key element; they have earned the respect of their peers and were invited to join. Rotary Clubs are non sectarian and apolitical. Their members are leaders within their industry sector, with proven ethics and with the capacity to serve their Club’s Ideal of Service.
Joining fee to the Rotary Club of Ballina Inc. is $50. The annual membership fee is $220. The Club meets weekly on a Monday night at Ballina RSL (6.00pm for 6.30pm) for a dinner meeting, with fellowship. Partner’s nights occur from time to time for designated functions. Partners are always encouraged to join any social activity.
Potential members invited to join are encouraged to first attend as a guest of the Club on a number of occasions prior to formal acceptance.