Women are traditionally known for their voluntary capacity to serve the community.
However, they have not always been an integral part of Rotary. Women were not permitted to join the organisation until 1987 but since then the role of women in some clubs, including the Rotary Club of Seymour, is higher and membership is growing faster than the rate of men.
The Rotary Club of Seymour welcomes female members who offer a differing, yet complementary, perspective to that of men.
It is not based on the belief that women make ‘‘better’’ Rotarians than men but the view that gender diversity yields better outcomes. By reflecting an even male-to-female ratio, the club is in a better position to engage the local community in order to meet its needs.
The Rotary Club of Seymour has reacted positively to the inclusion of female members, benefiting from their enthusiasm, which, in turn, has assisted with strengthening the service delivery of club programs.
— Catriona Jarman