WHAT IS ROTARY?

Rotary International is the world’s largest volunteer humanitarian service organisation. We have over 1.2 million members across the world, all of whom are committed to create lasting change in our communities.

Our projects usually fall into one of six focus areas:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies

Together with 35 000 + clubs across the globe, business partners and community leaders, we believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues.

Sound like something you would like to be involved in? Click here to JOIN US FOR A MEETING.

We’re a group of people from diverse backgrounds and vocations who are committed to working with our local communities to make positive changes in their lives. 

Rotary International is the world’s largest volunteer humanitarian service organisation. We have over 1.2 million members across the world, all of whom are committed to create lasting change in our communities.

Our projects usually fall into one of six focus areas:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies

Together with 35 000 + clubs across the globe, business partners and community leaders, we believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues.

Sound like something you would like to be involved in? Click here to JOIN US FOR A MEETING.

We’re a group of people from diverse backgrounds and vocations who are committed to working with our local communities to make positive changes in their lives. 

OUR PARTNERS

EarlyAct Logo

EarlyAct™ is a school-wide service club for primary school learners from ages 5 to 13. The purpose of Earlyact is to provide young learners with the opportunities to participate in active citizenship in a culturally diverse democratic society within and interdependent world.

We have 58 Earlyact clubs in our District.

Interact Logo

Interact is a community service High School programme run by teachers and students in collaboration with Rotarians, focusing on developing values, leadership skills, and becoming involved in community projects, practicing Service Above Self.

We have 112 Interact clubs at various schools across our District.

Rotaract Logo

Rotaract club members are usually between the ages of 18 – 30 and are students and young professionals who have fun together and develop their organisational and leadership skills through service.

Our District has 15 vibrant Rotaract clubs across South Africa, Angola and Namibia.

EarlyAct Logo

EarlyAct™ is a school-wide service club for primary school learners from ages 5 to 13. The purpose of Earlyact is to provide young learners with the opportunities to participate in active citizenship in a culturally diverse democratic society within and interdependent world.

We have 58 Earlyact clubs in our District.

Interact Logo

Interact is a community service High School programme run by teachers and students in collaboration with Rotarians, focusing on developing values, leadership skills, and becoming involved in community projects, practicing Service Above Self.

We have 112 Interact clubs at various schools across our District.

Rotaract Logo

Rotaract club members are usually between the ages of 18 – 30 and are students and young professionals who have fun together and develop their organisational and leadership skills through service.

Our District has 15 vibrant Rotaract clubs across South Africa, Angola and Namibia.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Is Rotary a men’s-only organisation?

Not at all! Newlands Rotary boasts an almost 50/50 split of men and women. We also have members aged from 28 – 86. We are a club of diverse people and passions and as long as you have a desire to make a positive change in the world, we’d love to have you as a member.

2. Is it expensive to be a Rotary member?

Rotary members do pay annual membership fees/dues and these fees go towards the administration of the club and Rotary International as a whole. A large portion of our annual dues also go to the Rotary Foundation which is an international fund that contributes monetary support to projects across the world. Projects supported by Newlands Rotary have benefited from a number of Global Grants which are funded by the Rotary Foundation. The only other cost is dinner at our weekly meetings which costs R90.00, but if you chose not to have dinner that’s perfectly ok.

3. Is Rotary a business network?

We are not a business network in the sense that we aren’t Rotary members in order to promote or benefit our businesses. Rotarians use their skills, vocational training and business networks to serve and benefit our local communities.

4. Is Rotary a religious organisation?

No,Rotary is a non-political, non-religious humanitarian organization. Each Rotary club uses its own judgment in conducting its meetings in a manner that reflects Rotary’s principle of tolerance and emphasizes shared Rotarian service ideals and projects. We welcome members of all religions, ages and genders!