Why join Rotary?
Maybe you’ve seen a need in your own community and wondered how you could help. Maybe you want to use your professional skills to help others — or even learn new skills. Maybe you’re seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in your community or abroad.
Whatever your reason, joining Rotary can help you achieve these goals, and so much more. See why these men and women are members of their local Rotary club. Then learn how you can get involved.
What it Means to be a Rotarian
Being a Rotarian means making a strong commitment of time and energy. Each Rotary Club meets weekly and members are expected to maintain good attendance records. Rotarians “make up” a missed meeting by attending the meeting of any other Rotary Club in the area or any other country in the world two weeks before or after the absence or by participating in any of the events on our Club Calendar.
Rotarians are also expected to participate actively in their Club’s projects. Further commitments of time and energy are made when a Rotarian agrees to serve as a Club President or District Governor.
Rotary’s top volunteer leader, the president of Rotary International, gives a full year of service to travel around the world on behalf of Rotary and Rotarians.
The rewards equal or surpass the level of commitment. Rotarians join an organization whose members make an important difference in the quality of life in the community and worldwide.
Being a Rotarian means being able to enrich the lives of others, while enjoying yourself in the company of fellow Rotarians.
Rotary International is an association of individual clubs, with each club operating autonomously. Membership is extremely important to us, and we are always eager to hear from individuals interested in our mission and in joining a Rotary club. The RI universal premise is that the membership of each club constitutes an accurate representation of the business and professional population within the community served.
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.
Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:
- effecting change within the community
- advancing business and professional contacts
- developing leadership skills
- gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues
Through Rotary International’s service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. Rotary Foundation programs offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide. Some 1.2 million Rotarians in 30,000 clubs in more than 160 countries make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe.
Rotary International at a Glance
Members: 1,220,115 Clubs: 34,558 Districts: 532
Members: 158,401 Clubs: 6,887 Countries: 177
Members: 385,066 Clubs: 16,742 Countries: 120
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?
How to join Rotary
Membership in a Rotary club requires:
- available business or professional classification opportunities
- an invitation and sponsorship by a member of the club (sometimes an individual cannot be invited or sponsored for membership)
To find out more about Rotary’s rich history and the organization’s mission and structure, see our Prospective Contact Form or contact a Rotarian directly by visiting our Officers and Directors or Contact pages.