Rotary Membership Information and Requirements

Rotary Membership Information and Requirements

 

You’re considering joining Rotary, the world’s oldest and largest service organization – and specifically the Rotary Club of Stockton.  Our club has deep historical roots, founded in 1914 making it the 92nd Rotary Club in the world.  Rotary has grown to over 30,000 clubs worldwide.

More than just luncheon meetings…

Membership in Rotary requires a consistent and ongoing commitment of your time. All members are expected to attend weekly meetings. As a minimum requirement you must attend or make up at least 50 percent of club regular meetings or attend at least 30 percent of this club’s regular meetings, engage in club projects, other events and activities for at least 12 hours in each half of the year, or a proportionate combination of both. Many Rotarians strive for perfect attendance and we encourage it!

To get the most from Rotary, we also encourage you to serve on a committee for one of the club’s Five Avenues of Service (Club, Vocational, Community, International or Youth), to attend some club Fellowship events and to work actively on a fundraising activity. Participation in committee work also helps you meet attendance commitments.

 A financial commitment….

We want you to know, coming into our club that most Rotarians find they are committing far more than just annual dues to our club, Rotary International and our community activities. We think it is important for you to be aware of the financial expectations, before you commit to becoming a Rotarian:

Your annual commitment:

  • Annual Dues = $300 (Prorated from July 1stt)
  • A onetime Administration fee of $50 payable at your indoctrination.
  • 36 – 48 (max) Weekly luncheon meetings = $21 (full lunch); $11 (salad only)
  • Recognitions and or fines—mutual agreement with Club President
  • Sustaining member of RI Foundation = $100
  • Various fellowship events and club events = $15 – $200

 “Service above Self”

Rotary is much more than a networking club, although you will find that you make strong friendships and valuable business connections here. Rotarians are committed to making the world a better place, by applying their time, effort and financial resources to local and international service projects.

 

All members of our club are expected as a minimum to commit to:

  • Attendance: there are approximately 48 to 50 meetings a year. A member must attend or make up at least 50 percent of club regular meetings and attend at least 30 percent of this club’s regular meetings or engage in club projects, other events and activities for at least 12 hours in each half of the year, or a proportionate combination of both. Meetings may be made up online, attending Rotary functions, committee or board meetings, participation in Rotary projects or active participation in a Fundraising project

 Opportunities to get involved….

Once you’ve been a Rotarian for a while, and as you learn more about the club, you may find yourself motivated to become more involved:

  • Service on the various Club committees or Board of Directors.
  • Attend other Rotary Club meetings
  • Attend Area Rotary meetings and events.
  • Attend the annual District Conference, District Assemblies, and Leadership Training Seminars
  • Attend the annual Rotary International Convention
  • Serve on Area or District committees
  • Host an exchange student for several months in your home
  • Involve an exchange student in your family activities from time to time
  • Lead an overseas Group Study Exchange

 Application Process….

A member in good standing of our club must “sponsor” you for membership. The process is as follows:

  1. You attend at least three club meetings within 90 days prior to filing your application.
  2. You and your sponsor complete the application form and submit it to the Club.
  3. The Board of Directors will review your application and will announce to the Club, through the weekly newsletter, The Wheel, that your name is standing for membership consideration.
  4. After two weeks posting in The Wheel without objection, you will be invited to Rotary Orientation. Orientation is a one-hour session, which provides you with an overview of Rotary at the Club, District and International levels.
  5. A formal induction ceremony will take place at an upcoming club meeting, where you receive your official welcome to the Club, along with name badge, Rotary pin, etc. Your pro-rated dues and one-time administrative fee are due and payable prior to your induction.
  6. Your sponsor will help you fully participate in the Club, introduce you to other members, answer any questions you may have and generally make you feel at home.
  7. You will be assigned to one of the four teams of the COG Club where your Team will assist the Sergeant-at-Arms in managing the club meeting and to help you become better acquainted with your new friends at Rotary.
  8. The Club Service Committee also has social events to help you become better acquainted with your new friends at Rotary. The last Wednesday of each month club meets on the evening as a social event to help you to get to know Rotarians outside of the weekly lunch meetings.

If you agree to the Membership requirements, please complete the Inquiry Form and our Club Secretary will be in contact with you.

Inquiry Form