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Rotarians
are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.

Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:

Effecting change within the community.
Developing leadership skills.
Gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues.
Developing relationships with community and business leaders.
Through Rotary’s service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. Programs of The Rotary Foundation offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide. More than 1.2 million Rotarians make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe.

Resources for prospective members
To find out more about Rotary’s rich history and the organization’s mission and structure, see About Rotary. Recent issues of The Rotarian spotlight Rotary club projects that promote literacy, provide disaster relief, support Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio, and address other critical community and world issues. See Becoming a Rotarian for Rotary’s membership requirements and procedures.

Rotary membership is by invitation only. If you would like to learn more about the Rotary club in your community and its various service projects, contact your local club, which can be located by searching the Club Locator database. You can also search our Rotary Web sites database to see if your local club is online. To express your interest in Rotary, fill out the Prospective Member Contact Form and Rotary International will forward your information to Rotary clubs in your area.




NEW MEMBERS
Welcome! As a new member, you’ll get a chance to become more involved in your community and to provide aid to other parts of the world through the opportunities that your Rotary club and Rotary International offer.

Longtime Rotarians agree that involvement is key to getting the most out of membership. Volunteer to serve on a committee that meets your interests, to be a greeter for weekly club meetings, or to join a service project team. These activities will help you get to know your fellow club members and better understand the work of Rotary.

Membership Responsibilities
W hat 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.

Attendance
Attending weekly club meetings allows members to enjoy fellowship, enrich their professional and personal knowledge, and meet other business leaders in their community.

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.

Service
By participating in local and international service projects, club members can volunteer their time and talents where they’re most needed.

The four Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation 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.

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.

Dues
Club members are required to pay annual dues to their clubs, districts, and Rotary International, as well as the subscription fee to the appropriate Rotary magazine.

Leadership

Club members are encouraged to volunteer for leadership roles at the club level and beyond. To learn more about leadership opportunities in your district, see the district leadership seminar page and the club committees page.

To speak with someone within the Tryon Rotary about joining, please contact the Rotary at glefeber@sbcglobal.net or call 828-699-0021