Rotary is ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

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Some people may think Rotary is just a bunch of old guys having lunch each week. That’s far from what it’s really all about. We’re about getting things done! Changing the world. If you have an idea for a project, at Long Beach Rotary you can learn how to make it happen. You can change lives. And one life you change may be your own.

Whether it’s immunizing over 2 Billion (yes, with a “B”) children in the fight against Polio, helping provide clean water and sanitation, education, health services or one of the thousands of small, local projects that can create a better world, Rotary is there.

Rotary is the world’s premier service organization. We emphasize friendship, integrity and service to others. There are over 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs worldwide… all dedicated to “Service Above Self.” When you join Rotary, you have access to any Rotary club in the world. Find out about Rotary by being a guest at one of our meetings.

Be Inspired

If you want to help change the world, you can! There are countless stories of people who have changed lives through Rotary. Whether it’s working in your community or around the world, Rotary gives you both the opportunity and the means to fulfill your vision of how to help.

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    Rotarians have provided prosthesis limbs to those who have lost their legs
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    Cataract surgeries to those who have lost their sight
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    Hearing aids to those who have lost their hearing
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    Shelters to those who have lost their homes
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    Clean water to those who are thirsty
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    Sympathy to the families who have lost family members for our country
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    The lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, homes, health, and peace of mind
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    World peace is possible
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    Children smile because of you
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    Be inspired

Core Values

The mission of Long Beach Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its friendships of business, professional, and community leaders.

What would it take to change the world? Our members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.

  • Ethical Standards
  • Fun and Friendship
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Personal Growth
  • Leadership

The mission of Long Beach Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its friendships of business, professional, and community leaders.

What would it take to change the world? Our members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.

Why Join Rotary?

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In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: The need for friendship and connecting with others. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

Business Development

The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

Assistance When Traveling

Because there are Rotary Clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.

Citizenship in the Community

Membership in a Rotary Club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary Club consists of the most active citizens of any community.

Citizenship in the World

Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 35,000 Clubs in 200 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.

Continuing Education

Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.

Cultural Awareness

Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.


Every Rotary Club and District has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds Conferences, Conventions, Assemblies, and Institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary Information, Education, and Service.

Family Programs

Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.


Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The Club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.

Leadership Development

Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like college education. Leadership: Learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.

Nice People

Rotarians, above all, are nice people – the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.

Personal Growth and Development

Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.


Rotary members are prominent people: Leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, and professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.

Public Speaking Skills

Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.

The Absence of an “Official Creed”

Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

The Development of Ethics

Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

The Development of Social Skills

Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills, and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.

The Opportunity to Serve

Rotary is a Service Club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: The chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding.

Vocational Skills

Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on Committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.

Is Rotary a Good Fit?

Bring Your Leadership and Passion to our Club!

Long Beach Rotary takes pride in the efforts we have taken to continue to grow and enhance our club and its membership. We strive to include a diverse membership. Current club members span across over 100 professional classifications and include the presidents of major educational institutions, senior level officers in Long Beach’s major businesses, partners in leading law firms, executives and directors of fine arts institutions, top officers of city and county governmental organizations, members of the judiciary, many business owners and public affairs senior staff members. We seek to include the following member profiles:

Has sufficient capability to meet financial requirements of membership (initiation, quarterly dues and lunch meals)

  • Weekly program and meals are billed quarterly at the current standard rate of per $30 lunch. There are 46 meetings per year.
  • The initiation fee is $450, to be paid prior to introduction as a new member.
  • Annual dues are $760 (which covers Rotary International and District 5320 dues and club administrative costs) and prorated the first year of membership.
  • Members are expected to annually contribute at least $100 to our Club Foundation.

Other Requirements

  • Not belong to any other service organization or another Rotary club
  • Attend on average at least 2-3 events per month (e.g., lunch program, committee meeting, fellowship event, etc.)
  • All new members are expected to turn their “Red Badge” into a “Blue Badge” by attending the information mixer, participating in one Rotary community service project, attending another Rotary club event, participating in the club meeting (either pledge or invocation) and being a greeter at the club twice
  • Know other club members
  • Active participation in at least one of our club committees