Rotary is the world's first true service organization, with clubs meeting in over 200 countries around the world. Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization's more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.
Becoming a member of Rotary
Becoming a Rotarian has a wealth of personal benefits. In addition to the professional networking and personal development opportunities, our members make lasting friendships, find opportunities to serve, experience cultural diversity, become good citizens and develop a better appreciation for ethics.
Our members are adults of good character and good business or professional reputation. They hold or have held an executive position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognized business or profession.
The first step in becoming a member is visiting our club. Typically, prospective members visit a club as the invitation of a current member who might later serve as their sponsors.
Once proposed for membership, a prospective member's name is submitted to the club's board of directors. The board ensures the candidate's qualifications and either approves or disapproves the proposal within 30 days. The proposer is notified of the decision by the club secretary.
Following board approval, the prospective member's name is published in the club bulletin and on our members-only page for a period of two meetings. If no objections are made by the club, the prospective member becomes a new Rotarian.
Most new members join as "active members." Occasionally, a Rotary Club may bestow "honorary membership" to a new member on the basis of meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals.
Each active member of a Rotary club is classified according to the member's business or profession. A classification describes the principal and recognized activity of the firm with which an active member is connected, or the member's principal and recognized business or professional activity. For example, a cardiologist might receive the classification "Physician, cardiology."
Based on our club's size, no more than 10 percent of our membership may come from one classification. For this purpose, retired members require a classification, but are not included in the club's total number for each classification.
Reasons to join Rotary
- Professional networking
- The opportunity to serve
- Personal growth and development
- Cultural diversity
- Good citizenship
- World understanding
- Family foundations
- Ethical environment
- Exemplify high moral caliber
- Participation in community service
- Attendance at club events
- New membership recruitment