Frequently Asked Questions

Rotary is a worldwide humanitarian association of people of various professions, an elite community characterized by international solidarity and unprejudiced tolerance towards all religions, peoples and democratic parties.

The first club, the Rotary Club Chicago (Illinois, USA), was founded on February 23, 1905 by Paul P. Harris, Gustave Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey. [Learn more]

No. Rotary is a club of people who want to make an improvement. Rotary members can fulfill their intention to do good following the Five Principles.

  • Club service: building friendship between club members and supporting the efficient operation of the club.
  • Vocational service: personal commitment to represent the profession or occupation to Rotarian friends and to exemplify principles of high ethics and dignity of work.
  • Community service: supporting the needy and disadvantaged people.
  • International service: tolerance and work for peacekeeping among nations.
  • Service for new generations: recognizing the achievements of young people, educating leaders, and engaging in community and international service activities, exchange programs, which strengthen peace and good understanding between different cultures in the world.

This is a legend. Rotary has no official relationship with Freemasons. Rotary is not a secret organization; on the contrary, it strives to carry out its work with the greatest publicity. The misunderstanding may arise from the fact that Rotary cannot be joined, only those who are invited can become members.

Rotarians tend to be busy people who also hold high positions in public life. The membership fee varies from country to country, but is typically higher than other NGOs. That’s because Rotary is an organization that pledges to give 100% of donations to those affected. Rotary can only do this by paying 100% of its operations from membership fees and by taking on the logistical costs of delivering donations. In other words, for every donation, Rotarians contribute with labor and money. On average, 60% of donations reach those in need in the case of aid organizations, the average number for foundations is 40%, the rest is consumed by operational and logistical costs.

Anyone who is invited and who agrees to follow the rules of the organization.

Anyone can become a Rotary member by obtaining two referrals from Rotarians and committing to follow the organization’s rules. Rotarians recommend respectable individuals in their community who, by their work or mentality, meet the moral demands of Rotary.

Rotarians characterize moral requirements as a test of the four questions, which relate to actions.

The proven measure of application and adherence to high ethical principles in people-to-people relationships in Rotary is the Four-Way Test:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Rotary clubs are separate legal entities. Each club decides individually what projects to launch. The members decide individually how much and what kind of work they undertake in each project.

Rotary does not prohibit members from doing business with each other, moreover, by requiring clubs not to have representatives of a particular field, but to make the occupational composition of the members of a club as diverse as possible, it also indirectly helps different business circles to meet.

Rotary defines itself as an organization beyond politics and religion. However, this does not mean that Rotarians do not have to deal with everyday issues. On the contrary, Rotarians are expected to be well informed, to have good relations with political and church leaders, to know them personally, and to be aware of their opinions. Good Rotarians listen to all political opinions, but the club does not engage in politics or take sides on political issues. At Rotary events, members are not allowed to engage in politics or express their political views. Rotarians regard religion as a private matter, religious issues are not dealt with by the club, but it strives for good relations with churches.

Weekly, and the organization takes this very seriously. There is a mandatory attendance requirement for members, which means that Rotary members must attend two-thirds of meetings or their Rotary membership will be terminated. The fulfillment of mandatory attendance is facilitated by the fact that members can visit meetings of local clubs during their work in the countryside or abroad.

In many ways. They typically receive funding from the proceeds of charity events organised by clubs (ball, dinner, concert, etc.) and from lobbying activities of personal contacts.

The continuous change, which is one of the characteristics of clubs (annual organizational renewal, tasks changing every 1-2 years), the interconnection of gears is partly a feature of cooperation within the club, but also of joint participation in the activities formulated by the governorate and even the world organization.

No. The membership of Rotary clubs typically consists of individuals over the age of 30 who already have financial stability and build a community. Enthusiastic members of younger age groups between the ages of 18 and 30 can join Rotaract, high school students can join Interact, and the youngest age group can learn about the values of altruism and tolerance in EarlyAct.

Rotary has more than 1.4 million members worldwide. This number is constantly growing. Members work in more than 500 districts and almost 33,000 clubs.

Rotary is the world’s most respected NGO, as evidenced by the fact that it is the only NGO that has the right to participate in UN meetings. Rotary can mobilize so many resources in humanitarian affairs that the United Nations cannot ignore.

The easiest way is through the clubs. All clubs meet weekly. Locations and dates can be found on the Rotary websites.

The meetings of the Rotary Club Odorheiu Secuiesc are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm in the Gondűző restaurant. [Learn more]

A Rotary year runs from July 1 of each calendar year to June 30 of the next calendar year.

A president’s mandate spans one Rotary year, then it is passed on to the next president, thus ensuring continuous change, rotation (which is why the symbol is a wheel), fresh energies, new ideas, and maximum willingness to act.

The Paul Harris Fellow is one of the most well-known Rotary recognitions. [Learn more]

The list of the executive board members of the Rotary Club Odorheiu Secuiesc can be found here.

The list of the executive board members of the Rotary District 2241 (Romania and Moldova) can be found here.

The list of the executive board members of the Rotary District 1911 (Hungary) can be found here.

The list of the executive board members of Rotary International can be found here.

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