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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.

Rotary members are encouraged to attend all meetings and to make-up at other Rotary clubs throughout the world when they are unable to attend their regular club meeting. Members can also make-up meetings on-line at Members are required to attend 50% of the meetings in each six-month period and not miss four consecutive meetings in order to remain an active member. A Rotarian can make-up the meeting they missed within a two-week window prior to or after the club meeting they missed.


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

The five 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.
  • YOUTH SERVICE (New Generations Programs) recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

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 encouraged to volunteer for leadership roles at the club level and beyond. Leadership opportunities include becominga chair or a member of a club committee.