Rotary Club of Upper Eden activities

Requirements of Rotary Membership

Invitation
An important distinction between Rotary and other organisations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. Rotary clubs invite individuals to join and become members.

Membership Classifications of Professional Representation
The goal for a club's membership is an up-to-date and progressive representation of the community's business, vocational, and professional interests. Membership is vital to a Rotary club's operations and community service activities. A primary goal of the club is to continually expand the club with committed members who have the interest and ability to get involved in service and humanitarian projects. Prospective members must:

1. Hold, or be retired from; a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position.
2. Have the capacity to meet the club's weekly attendance or community project participation requirements.
3. Live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area. Rotary uses a classification system to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the community's business, vocational, and professional interests among members and to develop a pool of resources and expertise to successfully implement service projects. This system is based on the founders' paradigm of choosing cross-representation of each business, profession, and institution within a community. A classification describes either the principal business or the professional service of the oerganisation that the Rotarian works for or the Rotarian's own activity within the oerganisation. Classifications include: Banking, Teaching, Farming, Insurance etc.

Responsibilities of Membership
1. Members are expected to attend weekly programs of the club. Opportunities to make up attendance include attending the regular meeting of another Rotary club, attending various other Rotary meetings, or attending a club service project authorised by the club board of directors.
2. Members are required to pay annual dues to their clubs, their districts, and to Rotary International.
3. Members are expected to participate in local or international activities or projects of the Rotary club.
4. Clubs encourage members to aspire to leadership or committee roles within their clubs. (Source: Adapted from rotary.org)

Associate Membership
Upper Eden Rotary Club's 'Associates of Rotary' Scheme is designed to provide an opportunity for people who cannot, or may not wish to join the Club as a Rotarian at the present time, but who nevertheless would like to assist with and be involved in the Club's projects and activities and who would appreciate the fellowship offered by the Club, being perhaps likely to become a member at a future date. Associates of Rotary will be encouraged to participate in the activities of the Club by invitation to selected meetings and social activities of the club and in assisting with fund raising activities and service projects organised by the Club.

Friends of Rotary
Upper Eden Rotary Club's 'Friends of Rotary' Scheme is designed to provide a way for people, organisations and businesses who would like to assist with and be involved in selected service and/or fundraising projects run by the Club, without becoming a Member or Associate of the Club to do so. It is intended that the Friends of Rotary scheme will take the form of an active register of those mentioned above who have helped in the past or who may wish to assist the Club in the future.