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Membership with Our Club
There are many reasons to join a local Rotary club:
An original goal of Rotary was to allow club members to meet
periodically and enlarge their circle of business and professional
acquaintances. As members of the oldest service club in the world,
Rotarians represent a cross-section of their community’s business
owners, executives, managers, political leaders, and professionals –
people who make decisions and influence policy.
Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both
locally and internationally. Service programs address concerns such as
health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and the environment. Rotarians
regularly experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the
Rotary was founded on fellowship, a cornerstone that continues to
attract members today. Rotarians enjoy camaraderie with like-minded
professionals, and club projects provide opportunities to develop
enduring friendships. Club members who travel have friendly contacts in
almost every city of the world.
Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest exchange and educational
programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and
mentoring for young leaders, and they involve family members in a wide
range of social and service activities.
Encouraging high ethical standards and respect for all worthy
vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days. In their
business and professional lives, Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test:
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Rotary is an organization of successful professionals. Team-building,
fundraising, public speaking, planning, organization, and communication
are just some of the leadership skills that club members can exercise
and enhance. Being a Rotary leader provides further experience in
motivating, inspiring, and guiding others.
Responsibilities of Club Membership
The club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful work
is carried out.
All effective Rotary clubs are responsible for four key
1. Sustaining or increasing their membership base
in service projects that benefit their own community and those in other
3. Supporting The Rotary Foundation of RI financially and
through program participation
4. Developing leaders capable of serving
in Rotary beyond the club level.
Attending weekly club meetings allows members to enjoy their club’s
fellowship, enrich their professional and personal knowledge, and meet
other business leaders in their community. Many larger communities offer
clubs with different meeting times, including early morning, the lunch
hour, after work, and evening.
If members miss their own club’s meeting, they’re encouraged to
expand their Rotary horizons by attending make-up meetings at any Rotary
club in the world — a practice that guarantees Rotarians a warm welcome
in communities around the globe.
Find meeting places and times in the
Official Directory or through the
In some cases, Rotarians can make up meetings by participating in a
club service project or attending a club board meeting or a Rotaract or
Interact club meeting.
Members can also make up online at one of several
All Rotary clubs share a key mission: to serve their community and
those in need throughout the world. By participating in club service
projects, members learn about their club’s involvement in local and
international projects and can volunteer their time and talents where
they are most needed.
Finding and keeping members:
To keep clubs strong, every Rotarian must share the responsibility of
bringing new people into Rotary. Even new members can bring guests to
meetings or invite them to participate in a service project. The value
of Rotary speaks for itself, and the best way to spark the interest of
potential members is by letting them experience fellowship and service
Keeping members interested in Rotary is another responsibility. Good
club fellowship and early involvement in service projects are two of the
best ways to sustain the club’s membership.
The ideal composition of a Rotary club reflects the community’s
demographics, including professions, gender, age, and ethnicity. Such
diversity enriches every aspect of the club’s fellowship and service.
What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put
into it. Many membership requirements are designed to help members more
fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience.
Thinking about joining Rotary?:
Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active
role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and
professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of
professional leaders from the community that the club serves.
If you're interested in learning more about joining Rotary, please Contact Us - we'll invite you to lunch.