1)The prospective member's name is submitted to the board of directors.
2) The board ensures that the person is fully qualified and approves or disapproves of the proposal within 30 days.
3) The proposer is notified by the club secretary.
NOTE: Until this approval is granted, prospective members should not be informed that they have been proposed for membership.
4) The prospective member is informed of privileges and responsibilities of club membership.
5) He or she is then asked to complete the proposal form and give written permission to publish his or her name and proposed classification to the club membership.
6) The prospective member's name is published to the club. If no objections are received within seven days following the publication of the name, that person, upon payment of an admission fee, is a new Rotarian.
7) The club secretary sends a completed New Member Report form to Rotary International.
Summary of Membership Provisions for New Members
Rotarians are adults of good character and good business or professional reputation, who hold or have held an executive position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognized business or profession.
Active members must meet the above qualifications, as well as live or work within the club's territory; within the corporate limits of the city in which the club is located; within the territory of an immediately adjoining community not in any club's territory.
Additional Active Members
With the consent of the active member who holds the classification, an active member may propose an additional active member. There are three categories of additional active members:
1. Same Classification a Proposer- Membership may be proposed for a person who is actively engaged in the same classification as the proposer.
2. Former Rotarian- One whose membership in a Rotary club was terminated due to no longer being engaged in the classification in that club's territory.
3. Former Rotaractor- A former Rotaractor living or working in the club's territory may be proposed to active membership if Rotaract membership was maintained for at least four years and terminated due to age or relocation outside the Rotaract club's territory.
Past Service Membership
A retiree who would have been qualified for active membership prior to retirement may be elected to this type of membership.
People who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals may be elected to honorary membership.
Each active member of a Rotary club is classified in accordance with the member's business or profession. A classification describes the principal and recognized business or professional activity. Active membership is limited to one person per classification, except for the above provisions regarding additional active membership and those representing religious denominations, newspapers and other news media and also diplomatic representatives of different governments.
Holders of Public Office, Persons elected or appointed to public office for a specified time are not eligible for active membership under the classification of such office, except persons elected or appointed to the judiciary or educational offices.