How Rotary operates
Rotary operates through what we call “Avenues of Service”. It allows us to focus on those areas we believe important to our communities and these five “avenues” are:
Club Service is the avenue of service that concentrates on the internal operations of the Club. Four of the key areas in this regard are:
Program: Ensuring there is an interesting and diverse range of guest speakers for club meetings. This is a pivotal area to keep members and their partners enthusiastic in respect to their attendance.
Bulletin: A Rotary Club needs to put out a weekly bulletin to be available to club members at each meeting. The bulletin covers Rotary activities within the district and worldwide, the Club’s own activities, the future activities and program, members contact details and a range of other information.
Membership: A Rotary club to be a vibrant organisation is continually looking to identify and attract new members. The membership committee is tasked with this responsibility
Fund Raising: As the old saying goes “You can’t do anything without money”. The fundraising committee is tasked with raising the funds to meet the budgeted charity and project
expense of the club.
Objectives of vocational service are to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and the workplace, to recognise the value of each occupation and to ensure the Rotarian’s occupation is an opportunity to serve society. To this end, Rotary runs a number of projects including vocational excellence awards and vocational service awards such as the Excellence in Teaching, Pride in Workmanship and Apprentice of the Year. The aims of our Club Vocational Service program for 2007-08 are to explore and value the vocations represented by our own membership and beyond, to examine the role of ethics in a variety of work forums, and to encourage our local youth in pursuit of excellence and integrity and recognition of their efforts in this direction.
Community Service has been described as the heartbeat of Rotary Club activities could include:
1 Promoting the welfare of its own members their families and people in the community by providing assistance and support to those in need
2 Improving the community’s environment
3 Showing leadership in citizenship
Those in need in our communities include:
1 The elderly, the disabled the poor
2 The homeless, the sick, the abused, the illiterate
3 People suffering from or vulnerable to substance abuse
4 Those wanting to improve their health
The environment includes:
1 Parks, public facilities
2 Schools, health facilities hospitals and schools
3 Areas of native flora and fauna
International Service projects and activities seek to enhance the quality of life and human dignity, create international understanding between countries and people, and help in the development of goodwill and the search for peace in the world. Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, and other individuals can participate in International Service projects either by contributing funds, or active hands-on involvement, locally or in another country. Some of the International Service programs include:
Reaching Overseas with Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)
Children are having their lives turned around with special trips to Australia for major surgery.
From Russia With Love
This program aims to assist the people of Siberia and the Russian Far East to establish and develop Rotary and give service to their community.
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)
RAWCS aims to encourage Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and others to participate in meaningful World Community Service projects.
Donations In Kind (DIK)
Items, which have no further use in Australia, are collected and dispatched to developing countries.
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)
RAM’s objective is to reduce the incidence of malaria, which kills 3 million people every year.
This Service takes on the responsibility of assisting the youth of our community by improving their life skills to ensure a better future. The projects covered recognise the diversity of their needs and aim to support the areas of health, human values education and self development. Some of the Programs supported by the Rotary Club of Castle Hill include:
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)- a road safety program designed to reduced the trauma on our roads by encouraging Year11 students to take more responsible attitude to motoring. It involves a one-day program covering topics such as safe celebrating and fatigue, stopping distances and hazard perception. It includes personal stories from accident victims.
Rotary Youth Exchange- is an international exchange that enables 16-18years old students to spend 12months attending secondary school overseas. The main objective of this program is to further international understanding and goodwill.
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)- Is another program for High school students to develop understanding and goodwill about international affairs. High School Students are chosen to represent a UN country, which they address and debate problems and issues of the international country concerned. This takes place in a simulated UN Assembly Format.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) - is a one-week residential leadership seminar for young adults 18-26 years.
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)- Is a residential weekend for young people approx. 15years to develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals.
The National Youth Science Forum – this is a two-week experience for outstanding students going into Year 12. It is held in Canberra in January and a District Committee selects nominated students.
Operation Hope- is a unique program offering an exciting, challenging camp experience to children from a wide range of disadvantaged backgrounds. The program is based on the six ‘life concepts’; I believe in you; I trust you; I know you can handle it; you are listened to; you are cared for; you are important to me. For some children this is the first time they have ever heard such concepts in relationship to themselves. Feedback has indicated dramatic rises in self-esteem and confidence.
School Awards- we also support achievement awards in with special presentations at Castle Hill High School