Customs and traditions

Rotary Club of Rhodes  Customs, Traditions & Expectations

1.      Meetings/ Sign-in

a.       Sign in : Members need to sign in and wear their rotary pin. .

b.       Agenda-Normal Meeting is as follows:

1)      09:00 PM – President rings the bell, we stand, say our Prayer , invocation and  take seats.

2)      09:15  PM-Secretary  introduces guests and makes announcements

3)      09:45  PM- President/Vice-President introduce the speaker/program.

4)    11:00 PM- program over, President hits bell..

f.       Board Meetings Each Month Board Members  members sit with their committee members and discuss committee issues and report to club.

g.      Thumbnail Sketches-New members will be asked at one point or another to do a short thumbnail presentation about themselves (5-10 min), some long time members will be asked to repeat or update their thumbnail sketches if it’s been awhile since we have had an update.

h.      Good Standing– Members are expected to attend 50% of the meetings to remain in good standing.  Make ups can be done at the following lunch meetings:

i.        Club Banners: Members can get and exchange miniature club banners when visiting other clubs, especially outside of the local area. Banners can be picked up from the club secretary and received banners can be given to our Club Secretary.

2.      New Member Induction:  Once a potential member has visited the club, been officially submitted and sponsored by a member, announced to the club for two meetings and approved by the club board they are initiated at a luncheon meeting.  The initiation recognizes the qualities the new member possesses and includes the new member agreeing to abide by the Principles of Rotary, “Service above Self”.  Family members are welcome to attend and witness the event.

4.      Special Programs/Projects (What we do):

a.       Scholarships: The club awards three different scholarships/school year.  One $500 award to a HS Senior for “Service Above Self” which is based on Community Service, another $500 Leadership Award and finally a $200 Vocational Scholarship. The two $500 scholarships are announced at graduation and awarded at a summer meeting.  The Vocational award is given during the HS ITS department annual award night in the Spring.

c. Professional Merit Awards : The club offers every year its Professional Merit Awards to members of the local society that have shown an outstanding track of professionalism during their carier.

b.      Community Projects:  We have sponsored, built, painted, and cleaned local parks, baseball fields, village signs, beaches, childcare center and also local bus transportation. Current projects include:

  • Replacing service signs at the village entrances.
  • Serving food at the local Ospice.
  • Planting tree in deforestation areas.

5.      Fundraisers (How we get the money)-

  1. Dues: Members pay the Secretary euro 70 in dues per month.  This is used to pay administrative expenses and our meals during our weekly meetings.
  2. Matching Grants: Our Rotary District does have limited Rotary Foundation euros each year for use as matching grants with clubs.  Also The Rotary Foundation has larger 3-H or humanitarian grants that clubs can apply for.
  3. Fundraisers: Gala Dinners maybe another source of funds.

6.      Committees/Leadership/Duties-

a.       Committees: All members are expected to select and participate in one of the club committees; Community, International, Vocational, and Club Service, Membership, and Public Relations.   In addition members can serve on the Dodge Pond or various District Committees. All committees sit together and meet once a month during Club Assemblies.

b.      Invocation- Members will take turns giving the invocation at meetings as posted in the Bumblebee.

c.       Leadership: At some point members are asked to serve in a leadership position(s):



Vice-President (Pres Elect)

Committee Chair


Asst District Governor

District Governor

Treasurer or Asst. Treasurer

Sergeant of Arms




d.      Canton Rotary Board: is comprised of all officers, past president and committee chairs. The board meets once a month to discuss and approve issues affecting the club.

7.      Club Annual Awards:  Each year the club awards, during the summer or fall, both a Paul Harris Award and a Rotarian of the Year award. Club members submit nominations and then a committee of previous winners and/or past Club Presidents selects the recipients. Paul Harris award can include nominees outside the club membership.

8.      District 7040 & Rotary International


a.       All Rotary Members at not just participants in the Canton Club but also members of Rotary International.   Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self. Rotary’s top philanthropic goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. Since establishing its PolioPlus program in 1985, Rotary members have helped to immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries, and have contributed more than $600 million toward a polio-free world. Separate but link is the Rotary Foundation which solicits donations from members and supports many RI programs and provides grants to Districts and Clubs worldwide.

b.      District 2470: Our club is # 13434 a member of Rotary District 2470.   District 2470 of Rotary International is made up of 70 Rotary clubs in Athens, Crete, Peloponnese and the South Aegean Islands .

c.       District and International Conferences. Each year the District conducts, new president training, a District meeting, and an annual Conference (Oct)

d.      RI Programs we participate in or are offered include:


Ambassadorial Scholarships

Youth Exchanges

RYLA-Rotary Youth Leadership


Group Study Exchange (GSE)

9.      The Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


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Since PolioPlus began in 1985, Rotary’s vast network of 1.2 million members has contributed 1,2 billion USD, volunteer time, and networking expertise to the polio eradication effort.

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