Responsibilities of Club Members

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Responsibilities of

Club Membership

The club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful

work is carried out. All effective Rotary clubs are

responsible for four key elements: sustaining or increasing their

membership base, participating in service projects that benefit

their own community and those in other countries, supporting

The Rotary Foundation of RI financially and through program

participation, and developing leaders capable of serving in

Rotary beyond the club level. 1905 icago attorney Paul Harris

What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what

they put into it. Many membership requirements are designed

to help members more fully participate in and enjoy their

Rotary experience.

Attendance Attending weekly club meetings allows members

to enjoy their club's fellowship, enrich their professional and

personal knowledge, and meet other business leaders in their

community. Club meeting times vary to accommodate members'

family and professional commitments. Some clubs meet

during the traditional time of the lunch hour, while others

meet in the early morning, after work, or in the evening.

If members miss their own club's meeting, they're encouraged

to expand their Rotary horizons by attending make-up

meetings at any Rotary club in the world - a practice that

guarantees Rotarians a warm welcome in communities around

the globe. Find meeting places and times in the Official Directory

or through the Club Locator at .

In some cases, Rotarians can make up meetings by participating

in a club service project or attending a club board

meeting or a Rotaract or Interact club meeting. Members can

also make up online at one of several Rotary e-clubs.

Service All Rotary clubs share a key mission: to serve their

community and those in need throughout the world. By participating

in club service projects, members learn about their

club's involvement in local and international projects and can

volunteer their time and talents where they are most needed.

Membership recruitment and retention To keep clubs strong,

every Rotarian must share the responsibility of bringing new

people into Rotary. Even new members can bring guests to

meetings or invite them to participate in a service project. The

value of Rotary speaks for itself, and the best way to spark the

interest of potential members is by letting them experience

fellowship and service firsthand.

Keeping members interested in Rotary is another responsibility.

Good club fellowship and early involvement in

service projects are two of the best ways to sustain the club's


The ideal composition of a Rotary club reflects the community's

demographics, including professions, gender, age,

and ethnicity. Such diversity enriches every aspect of the club's

fellowship and service.