About Us
What Is Rotary?
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world  Rotary is the world’s first service club. The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 23 February 1905.  

Rotary is some 1.2 million service-minded men and women belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in virtually every nation in the world. Rotary meets weekly for fellowship and interesting  informative programs dealing with topics of local and global importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-section of community representation. Rotarians plan and carry out a remarkable variety of humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs that touch people’s lives in their local communities and our world community. Rotary is The Rotary Foundation, which each year provides some US$60 million for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and humanitarian projects large and small that improve the quality of life for millions of people. Rotary is widely regarded as the world’s largest private Provider of international educational scholarships.



The Object of Rotary is:

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 Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s 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 service.



Why join Rotary?
  • Friendship
  • Business Development
  • Family Programs
  • Leadership Development
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Continuing Education
  • Fun!
  • Public speaking skills
  • Assistance when traveling
  • Vocational skills
  • The development of ethics
  • The absence of an "Official Creed"
  • Cultural awareness
  • Prestige
  • Enhancement of social skills
  • Nice people!
  • Opportunity to serve
  • Growth and development


Your Privileges as a Rotarian
  • Fellowship with people of like ideals

  • Opportunity to propose new members for your club

  • Meaningful service to your community and your vocation

  • Unique opportunities to promote international friendship

  • Broaden acquaintance with leaders of other businesses and professions

  • Development of leadership skills while serving on committees

  • Participation in stimulating programs at weekly meetingsMeeting 

  • Rotarians when making up attendance at other 

  • Rotary clubs, both locally and around the globe

  • Participation in the District Conference and the Rotary International Convention.



Member Expectations
  • Maintain a record of attendance at weekly meetings of 60% or more. Attendance at meetings of other Rotary clubs is considered a “make-up” (besides being fun). Participation in club projects and special meetings are also a “make-up.”

  • Take active part in at least one avenue of service.

  • Make every effort to meet the Rotary Four-Way Test

  • Support the goals and programs of Rotary.

  • Pay dues promptly. Initiation Fee: $150 / Quarterly Dues: $170 includes meals, Rotarian magazine, outstanding fellowship and endless opportunities for service.

  • Respect the privacy of other members. Our member list is not for commercial or business use.



Four Avenues of Service

Help with Club administration and fellowship. Plan weekly meetings, arrange for speakers, develop and educate new members, organize social outings, disseminate Rotary news and information. Performance for success!

Promote high ethical vocational, business, and vocational awareness and standards. Educate children about vocational opportunities, requirements, and promote the Rotary Four-Way Test of Ethical standards.

Help with community outreach activities: charitable, educational and improvement of quality of life. May involve assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life.

Support projects and activities promoting goodwill and peace through international/ inter-cultural understanding in the international programs of the club and Rotary International. For more information about the Four Avenues of Service, click here



Rotary Club of West Wichita history
The Rotary Club of West Wichita was organized and admitted to Rotary International on July 7, 1987 with 35 charter members. Our club has grown to a membership of over 70 members. Some of the ways we serve our community and world include:
  • Adopted Lawrence Elementary; we provide Achievement Awards for each grade level, interaction with the students, special activities for each grade level, annual hotdog feed, emergency fund and more Provide meals for needy families throughout the year
  • Participate in ringing bells for the Salvation Army at Christmas
  • Provide necessity items to distribute to the needy through the United Methodist Urban league 
  • Purchase gifts for needy families at Christmas
  • Participate in the map painting with the Telephone Pioneers
  • Sponsor students to a Rotary Youth Leadership Camp
  • Award $1,000 Scholarships to two westside H.S. Seniors
  • Host youth exchange students 
  • Host Russian delegates through the Open World Program
  • Joined Tri-District humanitarian Panama projects 
  • Participate in the Rotary Inter-country Teacher Exchange
  • Designate a meeting each year to raise money for HungerPlus
  • Helped form a community-based Interact Club representing four west Wichita area high schools
  • Host RITE teachers from Panama and Argentina, and Rotary Youth Exchange Students from Spain and Argentina  
  • For more about the history of Rotary International and our club's history, click here