Become a Member

Becoming A Rotarian Membership is vital to a Rotary club’s operations, and an important component of club service is to enlarge the club with enthusiastic and service-minded new members.

Prospective members must actively hold — or be retired from — a professional, proprietary, executive or managerial position.

They must have the desire and ability to serve and to meet the club’s attendance requirements for its weekly meetings.

In addition, a prospective member must either live or work within the territorial limits of the club or an adjoining club, or within the corporate limits of the city in which the club is located. A person whose business and residence are in communities not served by Rotary may be considered for membership by a club in an immediately adjacent community.

An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. The club’s classification committee maintains a list of the types of businesses and professions in its community and seeks candidates to fill classifications not already held by an active member of the club. (Examples of classifications: High Schools; Universities; Eye Surgery; Tires — Distributing; Tires — Retailing; Dramatic Arts; law — civil.) In this manner, a club is assured it includes a significant cross section of its community’s vocational life, and has the widest possible resources and expertise for its service programs and projects.

The Membership Process

In most instances, a person being considered for membership is invited by a member/sponsor to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the membership committee to begin the evaluation process. Others who are interested in membership, but don’t know any Rotarians, can contact the local club directly.


Membership in a Rotary club is by invitation and was based on the founders’ paradigm of choosing one representative of each business, profession and institution in the community. What is called the “classification principle” is used to ensure that the members of a club comprise a cross section of their community’s business and professional life.

A Rotarian’s classification describes either the principal business or professional service of the organization that he or she works for or the individual Rotarian’s own activity within the organization.