Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Dec 22, 2018

Rotary Alumni are people who have previously been involved in some aspect of Rotary International, but who are no longer active. If you’ve previously been involved in some aspect of Rotary but are no longer active, for one reason or another, we’d like to welcome you to a meeting of our Club. And, if you've not been previously involved in Rotary but would like to know more ab out who we are and what we do, read on!

Rotary Alumni are people who have participated in Rotary and any of a wide variety of Rotary programs. This includes participants in Rotary itself, Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Peace Fellowships, Rotary Scholarships (funded by global grants or district grants), Vocational Training Teams (members and leaders), Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange (members and leaders), and Rotary Volunteers.


Rotary today is men and women of all ages, 18 and up, working together on a wide variety of projects and activities to improve their communities and the world at large. Our focus is on action - working together in our Club and with other Clubs to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.


Membership rules and meeting attendance requirements have changed dramatically over the past several years. Not only are there more traditional clubs, such as ours, that meet weekly to plan and assess our activities and host a program to learn more about our communities, there are Clubs that meet for breakfast, dinner, or no meal at all. There are even clubs that meet online and gather only for projects and activities.  Club dues differ widely across clubs, and it is much simpler now to find a club or activity that each member can more easily support. 


Rotary itself is famously inclusive and welcoming. Alumni can walk into any Rotary or Rotaract club or join an E-Club online and be welcomed - age, social standing, wealth, religion, ethnicity or gender are immaterial. We care about action - working hard together conducting real activities to measurably improve our communities and the world. A meal and a program, while interesting, is useful as a means to an end - it allows us to more easily coordinate our planned activities, and to get to know the strengths and network opportunities offered by other members of the Club.     


Why would Alumni, or, any person, for that matter, be interested in Rotary? One reason might be the incredible power of Rotary’s network. Rotarians know that there are 1.2 million Rotarians, men and women alike, scattered in 35,000 clubs around the world. In the United States, for example, there is an active Rotary Club in practically every community of any size.


Rotarians are “movers and shakers” - active in their communities at every level - from leading their communities to participating in its activities. And, joining a club of any type - whether a Rotary Club (ages 18 and up), a Rotaract Club (in some communities, for younger members 18-30), or an E-club that meets online - getting involved in any one of a number of Rotary activities - or taking advantage of the opportunities (such as scholarships) offered by Rotary - will enable Alumni to tap into the power of that network for learning new skills, improving one’s leadership abilities, and doing good in the community and across the world.  


Rotarians share an intense commitment to the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, 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, the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


In these days when it seems that there are cynics around every corner who want to tell us why we can't solve some of the world's most intractable problems, it is honestly refreshing and energizing to be a Rotarian, and know that we are resolving and ameliorating those same challenges in ways that improve our communities at every level, locally as well as globally.


If you’d like to reconnect, we’d like to welcome you back!


The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County meets on Thursdays at noon at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum WA, on Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Club members are well-known for our community engagement and our long tradition of welcoming guests and those interested in Rotary.


You’ll find plenty of parking at the Center. A cafeteria-style meal is served from 11:30 am - noon (lunch $10, salad $7). The meeting starts promptly at noon. Following a brief business meeting and announcements, a speaker, often drawn from the communities around us, addresses the club and takes questions. We occasionally spend an entire meeting working togerther on some aspect of Club activity in our local and global communities. The meeting wraps up at 1pm sharp. We encourage guests!

The Club is active in a wide variety of programs and activities to help improve student opportunities within our community school system, the  Jefferson Teen Center, community activities such as our library system and the parks system, and working together with other Clubs to improve access to water and sanitation in such far-flung places as Kenya, Thailand, Ecuador and, most recently, Honduras.   

We maintain our website and a Facebook page oriented towards people interested in finding out more about Rotary International and our club.  


Rotarians come from all walks of life.  We are friendly, intensely community-minded, engaged, and pointedly non-political. Here are a few bios/stories of our club members. If you're at all interested in Rotary and what we do, please feel free to walk in and check us out!   


Find out more at the Rotary International Alumni webpage, and at our webpage at


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