What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put into it. Many membership requirements are designed to help club members more fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience.
Attending weekly club meetings allows members to enjoy fellowship, enrich their professional and personal knowledge, and meet other business leaders in their community. Members are encouraged to take an active part in the club's meeting activities and are expected to attend a reasonable number of club meetings or suitably endorsed substitute meetings or activities.
One of the wonderful things about Rotary is the fact that any Rotarian is welcome at any meeting of any Rotary club anywhere in the world. If members miss a meeting of their own club, they’re encouraged to expand their Rotary horizons by attending a meeting of any other Rotary club in the world. This is known as "making up" and is accepted as part of a member's attendance record.
By participating in local and international service projects, club members can volunteer their time and talents where they’re most needed.
There are four Avenues of Service that form the philosophical cornerstone and the foundation of Rotary on which club activity is based:
Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the club’s effective functioning.
Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
Youth Service embraces a wide range of Rotary programs for young people of various age groups. The aims of these programs include personal development, education, community service, competitions, international understanding and goodwill and travel through student exchange.
Finding and keeping members
To keep clubs strong, every Rotarian must share the responsibility of bringing new people into Rotary. Even new members can bring guests to club meetings or invite them to participate in a service project.
Keeping members involved in Rotary is another responsibility. Fostering strong fellowship and encouraging early participation in service projects are two of the best ways to sustain a club’s membership.
Club members are required to pay an annual subscription fee which is used to support the club, the district, and Rotary International, and incorporates a subscription to one of the Rotary magazines. Currently, the annual fee is $305 payable on a pro-rata basis if you are a new member joining during the Rotary year (July - June).
Attendance at a dinner meeting also incurs a cost for the meal and the venue. Currently, the cost is $30.
Finally, new members are required to pay a small joining fee of $75 which covers badges, administration and other initial costs.
Club members are encouraged to volunteer for leadership roles at the club level and beyond. Opportunities to move into these roles occur every year and members are able to learn by other's examples and accept roles within their own comfort levels.
Alternative Perhaps these obligations are more than you can manage.
Our club has created a group of friends and supporters known as ‘Friends of the Rotary Club of Balwyn’. As the name suggests, the idea is to foster deeper links with people who we believe share our ideals of service and fellowship, but for one reason or another are unable to commit to full Rotary membership. - More info
Becoming a Rotarian
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