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How the Rotary Club Works

Becoming a Rotarian

Joining Rotary Club can be an exciting way to be a part of a large, international group. You do need to think about whether or not you can truly make the commitment, however. Rotary members are required to attend at least half of the meetings for each six months of the calendar year [source: RI]. Check with your local Rotary Club to find out if additional meeting obligations are required.

Beyond attending meetings, prospective Rotarians should think about the role of service in their lives. Your local Rotary group may be focused on one of the four service areas (club, vocational, community or international) [source: RI]. You will also be required to help find new members and keep current members active within the group. Like many groups, Rotary Club asks its members to pay annual dues. You will be expected to pay local group dues, district dues and Rotary International dues [source: RI]. Check with your local Rotary Club to find the exact costs of these expenses. You may also be asked to train for or participate in a leadership role within your local club.

Rotarian membership is by invitation only. You can be invited to join the club by someone who is already a member, or you can start attending a few meetings before filling out your own Prospective Member Form. In order to qualify for membership, you need to have a job or be retired, demonstrate a dedication to service, be able to attend the meetings and live or work near the club [source: RI].

Rotary International is also offering some pilot programs. The first is an E-club option, and the second is a Meeting Frequency project designed to make the meeting schedule more flexible [source: RI]. Now that you know all about Rotary, check out your community's club to become a member.