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Rotary International Frequently Asked Questions

Rotary is one of the world’s largest service organisations with more than 30,000 clubs representing Rotary in over 160 countries. Membership is critical to each club’s capacity to fulfill the service activities and humanitarian projects it aspires to achieve and at the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires, we warmly welcome enquiries from anyone who has an interest in joining Rotary.

What is Rotary?

Rotary International is an association of Rotary clubs worldwide. It’s made up of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas with 1,850 in Great Britain & Ireland. The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders (53,000 in Great Britain & Ireland), all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Individual Rotary clubs, in turn, belong to the global association called Rotary International.

How do I become a member of Rotary?

If you’re interested in joining a local Rotary club you can register your interest on the RIBI website though individuals must be sponsored or proposed for membership into a club. Rotary International staff will process your information and forward it to local Rotary club leaders. You can also contact a local Rotary club directly. Use the Club Locator to find clubs in your area.
Often, a person interested in joining a club is invited by a club member, or sponsor, to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. In this case, the sponsor submits the candidate’s name to the club’s membership committee.
Find out more about becoming a Rotarian and the what we do in RIBI (Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland).

What are the qualifications for membership?

A prospective member must be a person of good character with a good business, professional, or community reputation and also be one of the following:

  • A current or former professional, proprietor, executive, manager, or community leader
  • Committed to service with a record of personal involvement
  • A Rotary Foundation alumnus

What are the responsibilities of membership?

Members are expected to attend regular club meetings. They must pay annual subscriptions to their clubs, their Rotary district, and Rotary International, and they’re expected to participate in local or international Rotary club activities or projects. Clubs encourage members to aspire to club leadership or committee roles.

How much is the annual subscription to be a member?

Each Club will have a different membership fee depending on their overheads such as room hire and each fee will also include a fee payable to District and RIBI. It’s entirely appropriate to ask about the cost of membership. If you’re interested in joining a particular club, attend a meeting or contact them via email and ask this question. The membership subscription for Oxford Spires is currently £100 / year.

What is the minimum age to be in Rotary?

There is no minimum age to join Rotary. You may be invited to join at any age after you become established in a career and have the time and financial resources to meet all Rotary club membership requirements. If you’re interested in joining a Rotary club, ask members about the time and financial commitments necessary to fulfill membership requirements, and consider whether you can make those commitments.

Are college students eligible for membership?

No. Rotarians have achieved a level of career experience that enables them to bring a specialisation to their club, and students haven’t yet reached a level in their professional and personal lives that allows them to fulfill all aspects of Rotary club membership. But undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young adults, may become members of Rotaract clubs. The Rotary Club of Oxford Spires is proud to be the sponsor club of Oxford Rotaract.

Is there a way for school students to get involved?

Yes. Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for those ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs give young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.

How do I locate a Rotary club in my area?

Use the Rotary District 1090 Club Locator to search in the Thames Valley area or register your interest on the RIBI website.

If I’m not a Rotary club member, can I still help out with service projects?

Yes! You can offer to assist any Rotary club with its local service projects. Use our Rotary District 1090 Club Locator to find a club in the Thames Valley area or contact a Club directly through their website. Oxford Spires is always looking for friends to help us with our big events.

What is the Four-Way Test?

Rotarians are expected to ask four questions as they conduct their lives: the Rotary Four-Way Test:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?