AN FAQ GUIDE FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS
What Can You Tell Me About The Organization?
Well, for starters, Rotary International is a global association of independently-run Rotary Clubs comprised of 1.23 million members. Its volunteer members and staff work without regard to nationality, race, religion, age or gender to improve communities everywhere in the fields of health, education, human services and peace.
Its administration, headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, is handled by officers, directors, and committees chosen from areas all over the world. The purpose of the administration is to provide not only a framework for clubs to build on, but also to service all clubs in consistency and effectiveness.
Rotary holds an International Convention once a year (this year it will be in Atlanta) to transact the business of the organization and to encourage people from all countries to get to know each other and share information and ideas.
The world of Rotary is divided into Zones. Zones are divided into numbered Districts (we’re in 7190). Each District is served by an elected District Governor and a set of District officers and committees. Each Rotary Club is guided by officers and directors elected by club members. The club has a constitution and bylaws controlling its actions. The Rotary Year runs from July 1 through June 30.
How Do I Qualify for Membership?
We are very ecumenical, accepting energetic men and women 21 and older who are of good character and good standing in the community, and we celebrate diversity of every kind. The individual candidate may be involved in a business or profession, or be a homemaker, a retiree or even a self-supporting non-worker to be invited to join Rotary. Current members nominate and sponsor prospective members. And, we offer “Corporate” and “Family” memberships for those whose schedules may not currently allow full-time participation but wish to share a membership with others in their group.
How Involved Do I Have To Be?
Membership in Rotary is an honor and a privilege. As such, there is no privilege that does not involve a set of corresponding responsibilities. One of the key obligations of Rotary is regularity of participation in some fashion, through such things as regular meetings, work projects, fundraising events, social activities and so forth. Being busy is no excuse, for all Rotarians are busy persons. As we tell incoming members during their investiture, “While no one can do everything, everyone can do something.”
In addition to being involved with some of our many community and global service initiatives, including those that often spring from their own individual ideas and passions, Rotarians can stay in contact with the organization by doing makeup visits at any other Rotary club in the world; you’re always welcomed by other clubs in this truly global organization.
You also can stay active via a wide range of Rotary Fellowship groups, associations of Rotarians everywhere who share common outside interests; by being active online with an “e” club, and there are other possibilities that arise from time to time.
To show we are mindful of the demands on the time of many people, we offer monthly breakfast meetings to accommodate the personal and business schedules of prospective members unable to attend our weekly dinner events with the same regularity as some other members do.
What Will Membership Cost Me?
Besides your time and effort? Not a lot. Annual individual dues in the SRC Rotary Club are just $125 for the first year of membership, rising to $150 in the second year and thereafter. As mentioned above, we also offer “Family” or “Corporate” group memberships at $300.
All dues are payable by June 30 for the Rotary year which annually commences on July 1. However, if it is easier for you dues may be paid in two equal installments, by June 30 and by December 31. That would mean the initial payment for first-year people would be only $62.50, or $150 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups. Dues help support local and global initiatives of the club, the district and Rotary International.
OK, You Have Me Interested. What Do I Do Next?
It would be a good idea to investigate a little more about the huge range and reach of this global service organization. We strongly recommend you spend a few minutes browsing through the pages on our club website, listed there under “Inside Information.” They should answer a lot of your other questions. When you’re ready to pay us a visit at a dinner or breakfast meeting, just drop us an email at SRCrotary@gmail.com, and we’ll get you set up.
Meanwhile, you can read and/or download copies of our membership application forms by clicking here. If you’d like to contact our current president, Roberto Martinez, directly, you can call him at 518-479-0305 or email him at email@example.com.