What is Rotary?

Rotary is the world's oldest service club organization. It is made up of more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 170 countries. The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Individual Rotary clubs, in turn, belong to the global association Rotary International. Find out more about Rotary's history and structure.

How do I become a member of Rotary?

If you are interested in joining a local Rotary Club, submit a Prospective Member Form. Rotary International staff will process your information and forward it to the local Rotary Club leaders. You may also contact a local Rotary Club directly. Often, a person being considered for membership is invited by a club member, or sponsor, to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. In this case, the sponsor submits the name of the candidate to the club's membership committee.

What are the qualifications for membership?

Prospective members must -Hold (or be retired from) a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position -Be able to meet the club's weekly attendance and community project participation requirements -Live or work within the vicinity of the club or the surrounding area

What are the responsibilities of membership?

Members are expected to attend weekly club meetings. Members must pay annual dues to their clubs, their Rotary district, and Rotary International. 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.

What are the attendance requirements?

An attendance record of 50% (30% of this must be at home club) is required to remain an active Rotarian. Any missed meeting must be made up within 14 days before or after the regular meeting. To accommodate busy schedules, there are various opportunities to make up missed meetings.

How much does Rotary club membership cost?

Individual Rotary clubs set their own membership fees, so the cost of membership varies from club to club. Membership dues depend on factors such as the cost for the meeting location, any food or beverages served during meetings, service projects, and public relations. The cost of membership also includes dues to the Club's Rotary district to fund district-wide service projects and meetings. Although we don't collect information on individual club fees, it is entirely appropriate to ask about the cost of membership. If you are interested in joining a particular club, attend a weekly meeting with a Rotarian and ask this question.

What is the minimum age to be in Rotary?

There is no minimum age to join Rotary. You may be invited to join Rotary at any age after you become established in a career and have the time and financial resources to meet all Rotary club membership requirements. If you're interested in joining a Rotary club, ask club members about the time and financial commitments necessary to fulfill membership requirements, and consider whether you can make those commitments.

Are college students eligible for membership?

No. Rotarians level of career experience allows them to bring specializations to their club. Students haven't yet reached a level in their professional and personal lives that allow them to fulfill all aspects of Rotary Club membership. But undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young adults, may become members of Rotaract clubs.

Is there a way for high school students to get involved?

Yes. Interact and RYLA are Rotary-sponsored service clubs for young people ages 14-18. Interact and RYLA give young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program is Ambassadorial Scholarships. Since 1947, nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad as Ambassadorial Scholars. Today, it is the world's largest, privately funded international scholarship program. Find out more about Ambassadorial Scholarships and download an application form. E-mail the Scholarships Department directly at inquiriess@rotary.org.