Rotary is a service organization, not a business or networking group, and
membership in a Rotary club is a personal membership, not corporate or
institutional. That means the individual member is committed to service and
participating in the club's activities and projects.
Joining the Rotary Club of White Plains is by invitation.
Any current club member can sponsor a new member. Here's how it works.
The invitation process begins with determining that a suitable
classification is open. A "classification" reflects the occupation of the
proposed new member, and since 2001 the club can have multiple members in
the same occupation. The classification committee reviews and approves the
We ask the sponsor to:
- Make certain that the prospective member is qualified according to the
constitution of Rotary International, which states that "A club shall be
composed of active members who are adult persons of good character and
good business, professional, and/or community reputation,
- (1) engaged as a proprietor, partner, corporate officer, or manager
of any worthy and recognized business or profession; or
- (2) hold an important position in any worthy and recognized business
or profession or any branch or agency thereof and have executive
capacity with discretionary authority; or
- (3) having retired from any position listed in sub-subsection (1) or
(2) of this subsection; or
- (4) being a community leader who has demonstrated through personal
involvement in community affairs a commitment to service and the Object
having their places of business or residence located in the locality
of the club or the surrounding area."
- Bring the prospective Rotarian to at least 3 meetings, to see how our
club operates and meet other members.
- Discuss membership responsibilities -- specifically the financial
implications of being a member and the attendance requirements.
- Find another Rotarian who knows the prospective member to second the proposal.
- Submit the membership proposal form to the club Secretary, providing information that permits an
assessment of whether the prospect promises to be a good Rotarian.
(Forms are available in the members-only
website, under "References.")
The proposal form will be sent to the Membership Committee for review and
recommendation. The committee submits its recommendation to the Board of
Directors. If approved, the proposal is published in the weekly Bulletin. If
there are no objections (as provided in our by-laws), the Club invites the
proposed member and sponsor to attend a pre-induction information meeting.
At the pre-induction briefing, the
privileges and responsibilities of Rotary membership are explained in detail, and the
proposed member is formally invited to join the club.
At this meeting, the proposed member is given a new member information
Submission of the completed form together with the admission fee constitutes
acceptance of the membership invitation and, thus, membership in the Rotary
Club of White Plains.