Here you can learn about the Rotary Group of UK South Online.
The site is designed to inform you about Rotary e-clubs in the hope that you will consider becoming a founder member of this group and, in due course, an e-Rotarian.
The new group will;
- be associated with Rotary District 1145, which brings together 100+ traditional Rotary Clubs in six Greater London Boroughs, Surrey, East & West Sussex and neighbouring parts of Hampshire to develop fellowship and service opportunities.
- serve not only those areas within District 1145 but anywhere in the world because being an e-group, we will have no boundaries.
- focus on providing an opportunity for friendship and service to men and women of all nationalities, interests and mobility. In fact, we are highlighting the mobility aspect in order to attract those people who have skills to offer but may lack the mobility needed to travel to more conventional social gatherings.
What is a Rotary e-club?
A pure Rotary e-club conducts 100% of its Rotary business on the Internet.
Typically, members may have a single face-to-face dinner meeting per year, often at the RI Convention. Members are likely to come from a wide geographic area which may be global. Rotary service is undertaken in the community where a member lives, or groups of members collaborate and work together as teams on service projects in needy communities where no member resides.
As a Rotary Group, we will seek to emulate a Rotary e-Club and, in so doing, our aim will be to charter a new Rotary e-Club once sufficient members have been enrolled.
What is the difference between Rotary clubs and Rotary e-clubs?
Rotary e-clubs follow the same policies as all Rotary clubs. The key difference is that members of an e-club conduct meetings and friendships between each other 24/7/365, online using various methods such as video conferencing, social media and email.
What is the object of Rotary?
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster;
- The development of acquaintances as an opportunity for service;
2. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life;
4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and profession
What is the purpose of a Rotary e-club?
The purpose of a Rotary e-club is to extend Rotary to business, professional and community leaders in any Rotary District who are unable to meet traditional attendance requirements. Inability to attend a traditional Rotary club could be the result of demanding business or professional commitments, extensive travel, confinement due to ill health or disability, or residence beyond reasonable distance from an existing Rotary club.
Will this Rotary Group have any special objectives?
Apart from the Worldwide Objects of Rotary, which, we intend to follow, it is proposed that there will be three primary objectives;
- to provide a resource bank to help Rotary clubs in southern areas of the UK with manpower for fund raising events.
- to attract members who might otherwise be lost to Rotary, such as those that no longer feel able to keep up the commitment required by a traditional club or those that once belonged to a club that has collapsed through insufficient numbers.
- to offer anyone who suffers from limited mobility enhanced opportunities to enjoy fun, friendship and service, whether this is due to lack of own transport or some kind of disability.
How do e-clubs fit in with the Rotary philosophy?
Rotary e-clubs, which meet electronically, are now a permanent part of Rotary. It is argued that these will bring in new members and appeal particularly to young professionals, who may be unable to meet regularly, in person every week.
In addition, the distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs has been eliminated because it has been recognised that clubs are meeting in a number of ways and, given this flexibility, the distinction between online and traditional clubs is no longer meaningful.
What are the advantages of joining an e-club as opposed to a traditional land-based club?
There are many advantages but some of the most obvious are;
- Serve when you can - fit in your Rotary service with family and business commitments
- Engage with a wider community - your fellow Rotarians could be based anywhere in the UK or the World
- Affordability - Apart from the annual subscription, which all Rotarians pay gladly, there are few other expenses unless you chose to meet socially with your fellow Rotarians
- Flexibility & Convenience - you meet online when you can and from where you can
- Meet in the comfort of your own home - you do not actually have to leave home to enjoy fellowship and club business meetings
- Meet from anywhere in the world - travelling or located abroad? Simply use your laptop to access club meetings
What service opportunities can possibly be available for members of an online Rotary club?
Service opportunities are limited only by the imagination of members.
Would an online Rotary club suit me?
An e-club could be right for you if you;
- Have a busy schedule and need a flexible meeting time
- Live in different places throughout the year
- Travel frequently
- Have limited mobility
- Live in an area without a nearby Rotary club
What benefit could Rotary District 1145 gain from the proposed new Rotary Group?
It's anticipated that the Group will draw members from all over the district and those members will be available to help with projects run by any one of the 100+ clubs in Rotary District 1145.
What opportunities for fellowship will joining this e-Group offer?
There will be Worldwide opportunities for fellowship as well as within District 1145. As a member of this group, we hope that you will be welcomed by any Rotary club as a guest.