Thank you for your interest in becoming a Rotarian. Rotary International is an association of individual clubs, with each club operating autonomously. Membership is extremely important to us, and we are always eager to hear from individuals interested in our mission and in joining a Rotary club. The RI universal premise is that the membership of each club constitutes an accurate representation of the business and professional population within the community served.
Membership in a Rotary club requires available business or professional classification opportunities as well as an invitation and sponsorship by a member of the club. Sometimes an individual cannot be invited or sponsored for membership.
Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.
Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:
effecting change within the community
advancing business and professional contacts
developing leadership skills
gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues
Through Rotary International's service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. Rotary Foundation programs offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide. Some 1.2 million Rotarians in 30,000 clubs in more than 160 countries make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe.
To find out more about Rotary's rich history and the organization's mission and structure, see our Contact Form or contact a Rotarian directly by visiting our Officers and Directors or Contact pages.
Also go to www.rotary.org type in Welcome to Rotary in the search box and watch a video that gives more information about the local and international scope of rotary and how each club functions.
Potential New Members:
1. Contact the club via the website or be invited to join us for a breakfast meeting by a current member- We meet at the Villa Park City Hall Council Chambers every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 AM. Your breakfast fee will be covered by the club.
2. Prospective new members must attend 3 meetings to be considered for membership
3. Once you have met this requirement you can fill out an application for membership- if you were invited by a member, that member becomes your sponsor and should be noted on the form
4. Your application should include the career designation you prefer on your name badge,
e.g. Real Estate, Financial Planning, etc.
5. A club member will discuss your dues and attendance requirements with you. We prefer members to attend at least 60% of the meetings, make-ups can be done on-line or at another Rotary Club anywhere in the USA or Foreign Country you may be visiting.
6. Initially, you'll be given a Name badge with a red New Member designation- to get the sticker removed see below.
For New Members:
Once you join you will be given a "red" New Member sticker on your name badge to remove this "red" sticker you must:
1. Attend a Fireside Chat- where each area of Rotary Service is discussed by committee chairs to give you a greater perspective on the club and its projects.
2. Give a craft talk- This is a brief introduction to who you are and what you do presented at a club meeting- don't sweat if you're not a great public speaker; this is a very infomal,low key talk.
This is not meant to be a sales pitch, but informational. Have fun with it-- we love to laugh.
3. Attend a Rotary Board Meeting- held monthly at the home of the current club president.
4. Learn and Live by Rotary's Four Way Test-
of the things we think, say or do
-Is It the Truth?
-Is it Fair to all concerned?
- Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
-Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
5. Attend a district function- Monthly Training session, President's Dinner, District Conference or District Assembly held a Chapman University
6.(optional) Attend a make-up meeting at another club, or even try the on-line make-up
7. Get involved- you will be assigned to work on a committee in one of the areas of service
Any questions you may have can be directed to the club officers or the person assigned as your
Where your name badge and Rotary Pin to all meetings-