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New Member Introduction

This is a new member introduction, and is NOT an official Rotary document. You are most welcome to adapt this document for use in your own club.


  • An International Organization
  • Our Rotary Club
  • Object of Rotary
  • Four Avenues of Service
  • Rotary International Foundation
  • Four-Way Test
  • Privileges of Membership
  • Obligations of Membership
  • Attendance
  • Financial Commitment
  • How YOU were Chosen
  • Types of Membership
  • Rotary Publications

  • The Purpose of this Rotary Information Meeting is:-

    Rotary is an International Organization

    The first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago in 1905 by Paul P. Harris. This club met in rotation at the offices of the members, thus the name Rotary. There are now 27,810 Rotary Clubs with a total Rotary membership of over 1.8 million men and women. As a Rotarian, you will be a member of the Rotary Club of Dunedin East, which in turn is a member of Rotary International.

    The free world is divided into territories within which a group of clubs are associated. These territories are known as Rotary Districts.

    There are 515 districts in the Rotary world (154 countries).

    OUR CLUB is in District 9980 which is comprised of 30 clubs. Total membership is over 1,500 Rotarians.

    Rotary International is governed by a president and board of directors elected from all over the world. Annually, each District elects a District Governor and each club elects its officers and directors.

    Our Rotary Club

    Each year we elect our officers. These officers conduct the general business of our Club.

    Our President, with the approval of our Board of Directors, makes committee appointments based upon the following Four Avenues of Service:

    Each Rotarian is expected to participate in one of the Avenues of Service.

    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 the following:

    The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
    High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of their occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

    The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to their personal, business and community life.
    The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional people united in the ideal of service.

    The Four Avenues of Service


    The following are directed toward the internal functioning of the Club to maintain its health and vigor:

    Membership Treasurer
    Attendance Rotary Information
    Sergeant-at-Arms Classification
    Membership Development Club Bulletin
    Program Fellowship Activities
    Public Relations


    Promotion of the ideal of service:


    A club effort to improve the quality of life within the community.


    The promotion of many efforts to advance understanding, goodwill and the quality of life throughout the world.

    The Rotary Foundation

    The goal of the Foundation is to further understanding and friendly relations among the world's people by funding educational and humanitarian programs including:

    Several of these programs send scholars and volunteer workers abroad to study, learn about other cultures, offer assistance and promote goodwill within a host country.

    The Four-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do

    Your Privileges in Rotary

    The privilege of friendship with leaders

    Your Obligations in Rotary


    To be a Rotarian you must give your time and talents to the following:


    100% attendance is urged and honored in Rotary. To achieve this goal:

    Attend 100% of your club meetings!
    Stay for 100% of each meeting!

    Rotary Attendance Rules


    Make Up

    Your Financial Obligation

    Annual Dues $200.00
    Meals $13.00 per meal
    Fines and Raffles $ 1-2
    Social Events (est.) $40 - $100 a couple
    Rotary Foundation Annual Giving $50.00

    The Rotary fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.

    How YOU Were Chosen as a Member of Rotary

    1. A member of this Rotary Club sponsored your membership.
    2. Our Classification Committee verified your occupation and agreed:
    3. Our membership Committee verified your personal reputation both in your business and in the community.
    4. Our Board of Directors approved your proposed Rotary membership.
    5. Our entire membership also approved you as a new Rotarian.


    There are four types of membership in a Rotary Club. They are outlined below:

    Active or Additional Active
    Members selected for their leadership in the business or profession for which thay are classified.

    Senior Active
    Former active member who automatically becomes Senior Active in one of the following ways:
    Past Service
    Members who have retired and have held active membership for at least three years but not yet eligible for senior active.

    Non-voting members elected because of distinguished service in furthering Rotary ideals. Ineligible to hold office, they must be re-elected annually for membership.

    Rotary Publications

    Rotary International publishes two monthly magazines for the South Pacific region called,
    The Rotarian and Rotary Downunder. They are well worth reading and contain the following:

    Our District 9980 publishes a monthly newsletter. In addition, our Rotary Club furnishes you with:

    They profit most who serve best!