In 2022, the Rotary Club of Mississauga will be known as a vibrant, fun, and diverse club that represents the demographics of the Mississauga community and is seen to be actively participating in making the communities of Mississauga, Region of Peel, Canada and the rest of the world a better place.
“We are non Political, visible and an effective contributing partner in our community, we are actively committed to the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.
Through this initiative the Rotary Club of Mississauga is acknowledging the growing importance that family place on Social Responsibility so it is for this reason that our club has created a Family Membership. It is our belief that we could achieve significantly greater community impact by attracting Family Members. Allowing local families to:
- Utilize the structure and organized system of Rotary as a way of delivering their social responsibility.
- Benefit from the leadership development and social engagement that Rotary offers to executives and their families.
- Rotary will provide your family opportunity to learn about community and global needs in a variety of areas, and to act on those needs in a way that truly benefits the recipients.
- Membership will offer an increased awareness its individual members within the community through association with Rotary and the many programs that are supported by Rotary Club of Mississauga.
Why Become a Family Member?
Rotaract members are all about forging friendships, making business contacts, building skills, and serving the community. Participation as a Active Member of the Rotary Club of Mississauga presents a number of advantages through an effective business partnership that includes the following additional benefits:
- Leadership Training for Staff and family ( Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, Camp Enterprise, RLI)
- Ethics Support
- Fellowship with like minded individuals
- Public Speaking Practise
- Board Experience ( chairing committees)
- Project Management Skills
- Team Building direct and indirect
- Community Activism
- Global Solutions
- Empathy awareness
- Fund Raising
- Business Networking
- Free Advice
- Travel Assistance
- Leading Change
- Conflict Resolution
- Building a Change Coalition
The Rotary Club of Mississauga has created a Family Membership program with specific benefits.
Key Membership Criteria
- 1 member
- This is a family membership to see, and experience the value of Rotary
- This membership is open to individuals who have never belongs to a Rotary Club before
- It is valid for 1 year from the day of official acceptance.
- There is no voting privileges with this trail membership.
- The annual Family membership cost is in Accordance to Attachment # 1 Fee Schedule.
Rotary has been bringing together for more than 110 years a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:
Interact: a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.
Rotaract: groups organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167 countries.
It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.
Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” Paul Harris
The Organization of Rotary
Rotary is a service organization, with most of it’s service efforts being carried out at the club level. The district and international structure is designed to support the clubs and help them provide more service in their communities and abroad.
Clubs: Rotarians are members of the Rotary clubs, which belong to the global association of Rotary International (RI). Each club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s constitution and bylaws.
Districts:Clubs are grouped into 530 RI districts, each led by a district governor, who is an officer of RI. The district administration, including assistant governors and various committees, guides and supports the clubs.
RI Board:The 19-Member RI Board of Directors, which includes the RI PResident and President-elect, meets quarterly to establish policies. Traditionally, The RI president who is elected annually, develops a theme and emphasis for the year.
The Secretariat:Rotary international is headquartered in the chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, USA with seven international offices.
Responsibilities of Club Membership
The club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful Service is carried out. The Five Avenues of Service were determined as a indication of effective membership
- Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
- Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
- Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
- International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
- Youth Service strengthens Rotary’s commitment to youth activities.
Rotary’s Guiding Principles
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:
First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Second: High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarians occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarians personal, business, and community life;
Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of services.
The Rotary Club of Mississauga
The Rotary Club of Cooksville, later to become the Rotary Club of Mississauga, was granted its charter by Rotary International on April 23, 1954. The club’s first meetings were held in the old Cooksville United Church on Dundas Street. As the populations of Cooksville and The Toronto Township grew, the Club’s name changed to The Rotary Club of Cooksville-Dixie with its meetings held in Applewood Village. Under this name, the Club sponsored the Rotary Club of Streetsville in 1961.
In July 1960, the club’s charter president, Archie Turner, was appointed Governor of (what was then) District 707. Archie was the first of six District Governors from our club. He was followed by Bob Watson (’73), Duncan Lyall (’88), Bob Harriman (’89), Jerry Wijngaard (’99) and Bernd Dinert in 2010.
In 1969 Rotary International approved another name change and we became known as The Rotary Club of Mississauga. Our record of support to local and overseas communities is impressive and varied. Rotary’s special focus on “youth” has led to the Club’s involvement with the Youth Exchange Program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Camp Enterprise and Adventures in Citizenship. The Club sponsors the TL Kennedy Interact Club, The Glen Forest Interact, and the Mississauga Rotaract Club and also sponsors the Mississauga Probus Club.
We encourage you attend at least two Club meetings prior to submitting your membership application for consideration. Shortly after submitting your membership application, you will be contacted by a President to arrange an meeting to discuss any questions you may have about the merits of joining the Club.
Your membership application will then be passed on to the board of Directors, and announced at the club level for approval. The approval process will take approximately 4 to six weeks.