What Rotary Isn't
Rotary isn't a religious, political, or nationalistic organisation. It does not interfere with the men and women members’ religious, political, or other beliefs. Rotary isn’t some kind of secret society. There are no secret handshakes or the like. Rotary clubs are a bunch of like-minded people united in their desire to make a difference in their community and the world.
It isn’t a social club, although strong fellowship is a key component that unites the club in its projects. Members are expected to make a contribution to the life of the club, to the extent that they are able. Rotary offers plenty of scope for members' initiatives and for the promotion of their concern for the community at large.
Rotary isn't "an old boy's club" dominated by an established group of cronies. It is intentionally structured to offer leadership opportunities to all its members. Furthermore, Rotary's membership classification system actively encourages diversity and recognises it as a strength.