Impact starts with our members — people like you who want to be part of making the world a better place. At club meetings in communities across the globe, our members come together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and their commitment to improving lives.
BEING A MEMBER
Rotary is a network of members around the world working together to exchange ideas and take action. Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings and events, you’ll:
- Discuss your community’s needs and develop creative ways to meet them
- Connect with other leaders who are changing the world
- Expand your leadership and professional skills
- Catch up with good friends and meet new ones
GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
When you join a Rotary club, your potential to make a difference in the world grows exponentially. That’s because you’re joining a network of over 1.2 million people who take action — volunteers from all over the world who share a goal of improving others’ quality of life.
In fact, the top two reasons people join Rotary are to connect with and give back to their communities. These are the same reasons members stay in Rotary year after year. But simply joining isn’t going to change lives or make those connections. That happens when you get involved. You’ll shape your own experience and decide how to get the most out of your membership.
Get involved in ways that align with your passions, and you’ll get much more from your experience.
CONNECT WITH YOUR CLUB
Membership in a Rotary club offers you opportunities to connect with other professionals who aren’t afraid to lead and are dedicated to making a difference. Spending time with your fellow club members — whether to attend a meeting, plan a project, exchange ideas, or just have fun — can lead to lifelong friendships. When you get involved and make connections, you will inevitably grow as a person and develop new skills. Here are some ways to connect within your club.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS
FIND A MENTOR
ORGANIZE A CLUB EVENT
TRY A NEW ROLE
BECOME A LEADER IN ACTION
CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
Through your club, you can connect with your community by learning about its needs and working on long-term solutions. When you work with local leaders and beneficiaries, you’ll strengthen both your community and your ties to it. Participating in a project that positively touches someone else’s life can be life-changing for you as well. Here are some of the many ways your membership can help you connect to your community.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP
CREATE STRONGER COMMUNITY TIES
PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING EVENTS
COLLABORATE WITH OTHER CLUBS
CONNECT WITH THE ROTARY WORLD
Rotarians make a difference on a global scale. Your membership gives you access to a global network of professionals and leaders who share a passion for applying their collective expertise and resources to make a positive change. Here are some ways to connect with the Rotary world.
MEET OTHER MEMBERS
PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
HELP ERADICATE POLIO
ATTEND ROTARY EVENTS
SHARE INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY
SUPPORT ROTARY’S CURRENT WORK
JOIN ROTARY DISCUSSION GROUPS
SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE
ATTEND A PROJECT FAIR
HOW WILL YOU GET INVOLVED?
When you get involved, it’s not just your club and community that benefit. You benefit, too. As an active Rotarian, you’ll make connections and develop skills while Doing Good in the World. You’ll meet community leaders and tackle local and global issues that are important to you and your fellow club members. You’ll feel the shared sense of purpose that comes from working together to better your community. When it comes to being an active Rotarian, the opportunities are endless.
Optimize Your Membership Experience
There are countless ways to engage with Rotary and your Rotary club. You choose how — and how much — to get involved.
Other benefits of membership include:
Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefits program, which offers discounts on products and services. It’s Rotary’s way of helping our members spend less so they can do more.
The Rotary International Convention is our biggest event of the year. Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention each year to celebrate our successes and make plans for the future.
Rotary Fellowships give members the chance to join a group of people who share similar interests, hobbies, or vocations. Some groups use their fellowship to make a positive difference.
Rotarian Action Groups unite Rotary members, family members, program participants and alumni who share their expertise in particular fields by collaborating with clubs and districts on projects.
WHAT’S EXPECTED OF ME?
As a club member, you will be asked to:
- Pay club dues
- Attend meetings and events
- Use your professional skills and talents to make a difference
The key to getting the most out of your membership is to get involved in ways that suit your interests. The time and energy you invest in Rotary will yield rich rewards. You can shape your club experience by talking with club leaders about your ideas, and as a member, you, too, are eligible to be a club leader. Over time, active members find that the connections they make through Rotary become lifelong friendships.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Rotary International began its fight against polio in 1979 with a multiyear immunization project in the Philippines.
DID YOU KNOW?
Every continent has Rotary clubs. You can experience new Rotary cultures by visiting other clubs. Use the Club Finder tool on Rotary.org, download the Club Locator app, or look on club websites to find meeting details and contact information.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, reflects our belief in unselfish volunteer service.