Becoming a Member

Becoming A Member

Quincy Rotarian Year 2012

President Sally Poole & 2012 Rotarian of the Year Deb Naught

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. Our Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from Quincy and the surrounding areas.

Through various service programs, our Rotary club has a significant effect on the quality of life in the community. Programs of The Rotary Foundation offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide. More than 1.2 million Rotarians make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe. An association of nearly 32,000 autonomous clubs in 166 countries, Rotary International is one of the world’s largest service organizations.

The goal for our club’s membership is an up-to-date and progressive representation of the community’s business, vocational, and professional interests. We also want to continually expand with committed members who have the interest and ability to get involved in service and humanitarian projects. Membership is vital to our Rotary club’s operations and community service activities.

Prospective members must:

  • hold — or be retired from — a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position
  • have the capacity to meet the club’s weekly attendance or community project participation requirements
  • live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area

The membership process

Often a person being considered for membership is invited by a member/sponsor to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the club’s membership committee. If you would like to learn more about joining the Rotary Club of Quincy, contact us online , or call our club secretary, Karen Mayville at 217-228-5520

Classifications: professional representation

Rotary uses a classification system to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the area’s business, vocational, and professional interests among members and to develop a pool of resources and expertise to successfully implement service projects.

A classification describes either the principal business or the professional service of the organization that the Rotarian works for or the Rotarian’s own activity within the organization. Some examples of classifications include: high schools, universities, eye surgery, banking, pharmaceutical retailing, petroleum-distribution, and insurance agency.

Rotary membership provides the opportunity to:

  • Become connected to your community.
  • Work with others in addressing community needs.
  • Interact with other professionals in your community; assist with RI’s international humanitarian service efforts.
  • Establish contacts with an international network of professionals.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Involve family in promoting service efforts.
  • Rotary club membership carries with it certain responsibilities.
  • 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 authorized by the club board of directors.
  • Members are required to pay annual dues to their clubs, their districts, and to Rotary International.
  • Members are expected to participate in local or international activities or projects of the Rotary club.
  • Clubs encourage members to aspire to leadership or committee roles within their clubs.