Who do we want as a Member:
Prospective members are invited to join upon the recommendation of a Rotarian. As a club we are seeking individuals who either live or work in the community who are interested in volunteering their time, and in return getting back the satisfaction of knowing they are not only helping their fellow man but building friendships and business relationships. We want people who will actively contribute to our club and who aren’t just joining to push their own agenda, rather those of Rotary and all it embodies.
These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.
Object of Rotary:
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
• FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
• SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
• THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
• FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Four-Way Test:
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Avenues of Service:
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
• Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
• Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.
• Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects and this Community Service presentation (PPT).
• International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
• Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE).
Expectations of Rotarian:
Keep the “Four Way Test” in mind with all we do.
Live by the motto, “Service Above Self”.
Participate actively in Club Activities & Committee’s or as an Officer.
Try to contribute to Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) $100, is strongly recommended
Strive for 100% Attendance, Make-Up at Other Clubs or with e-clubs. From Rotary District #7610’s website: Make-Up meetings can be entered for any missed meetings up to two (2) weeks in the past and two (2) weeks in the future.
Actively seek to bring in new members to further enrich the clubs diversity and new ideas, is strongly recommended
Attendance at Rotary District #7610 Conferences, Assemblies, Training Programs, and other RD#7610 events when possible.
Attendance at Rotary International Conventions each year when possible.
Costs Associated With Being A Rotarian:
$50 (tax deductible) one-time fee for registering with Rotary International (RI).
$200 (not tax deductible) (membership dues, including meals) per Rotary Quarter; Meals are billed quarterly (3 months in advance). Currently, meals are $15 each for Visiting Rotarians, Honorary Rotarians, and for the first meeting of Guest.
1Q is July, Aug, Sept
2Q is Oct, Nov, Dec
3Q Jan, Feb, Mar
4Q Apr, May, Jun
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) $100 a year minimum (tax deductible).
Contribute to Sponsorships and Fundraisers in our Club and to Fellow Clubs (tax deductible, if made through Springfield Rotary Foundation (SRF)).
For Honorary Members, dues are $12 annually, covers the cost of the paper Rotarian magazine.
If you would like to be considered for membership by a local Rotary club, complete a Prospective Member Contact Form and come to one of our Thursday meeting
If you are not in Sprinkled Va area, send it to Rotary International (http://www.rotary.org/membership/prospective/form.html). RI will forward your information to clubs in your area