Becoming a Rotarian
An association of some 32,000 autonomous clubs
in 168 countries, Rotary International is one of the world's largest service organisations. The goal for
a club's membership is an up-to-date and progressive representation of the community's business, vocational and professional interests.
An important distinction between Rotary and other organisations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. Rotary clubs invite individuals to join
and become members.
Membership is vital to a Rotary club's operations and community service activities. A primary goal
of the club is to expand the club with committed members who have the interest and ability to get involved in service and humanitarian projects. Prospective members should:
• hold — or be retired from — a professional, proprietary, managerial or similar position;
• have the capacity to meet 60% of the club's weekly attendance or community project participation requirements;
• live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area.
Responsibilities of Membership
Members are expected to attend a majority of weekly programs of the club. Opportunities to make up attendance include attending the regular meeting of another Rotary club, attending various other Rotary meetings, or attending a club service project authorised by the club board of directors.
Members are required to pay annual dues to their club, (which includes Insurance, District and Rotary International fees).
Members are expected to participate in local or international activities or projects of the Rotary club.
Clubs encourage members to aspire to leadership or committee roles within their clubs.
• 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.
But many more are detailed on this page:
Why Join Your Local Rotary Club? >
The membership process
Often a person being considered for membership is invited by a member/sponsor to attend one or more club meetings of their own, or a neighbouring club, to learn more about Rotary. The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the club's membership committee.
A Rotarian can also refer a person in another location for RI to arrange contact via this page:
Rotarian's Referral Form >
An individual who is interested in membership, but doesn't know any Rotarians, can contact the local club directly. Options for this include:
• Please contact our club for Sutherland Shire:
Contact Us page,
or just talk to a member on 0499 160 844
• For a list of clubs in southern Sydney and surroundings: see the
District Club List page
• For clubs in the South West Pacific region:
Rotarnet Web Site, select "Clubs and Districts", and search by District, Club Name or Postcode
• Search the global RI
Club Locator ...
• Rotary International has more information about the benefits of joining ...
RI information on joining Rotary >