Do you remember when someone asked you to become a Rotarian? What do you think most Rotarians fail to perform? Paying their dues? Attending meetings? Contributing to the club’s service fund? Participating in club events and projects? No — none of these! Of all the obligations a person accepts when joining a Rotary club, the one in which most Rotarians fail is “sharing Rotary.”
It is estimated that less than 30 percent of the members of most Rotary clubs have ever made the effort to propose a new member. Thus, in every club, there are many Rotarians who readily accept the pleasures of being a Rotarian without ever sharing that privilege with another qualified individual.
Please reach out and share Rotary with a prospective member. Everyone must know at least one person who should belong to Rotary.
Sponsor a New Member
Contribute to our Club’s membership by bringing in qualified business and professional leaders who are interested in and committed to advancing the mission of Rotary. Together with our fellow Rotarians, you can help your club fully represent our community’s business and professional life.
Proposing new members is essential to achieving Rotary’s goals of providing community and international service. As a Rotarian, one of your primary responsibilities is to help identify and propose new members.
Consider the following approaches for finding future Rotarians:
- Wear your Rotary pin to initiate conversations about your involvement with Rotary.
- Share stories of exciting club projects with colleagues, friends, and acquaintances.
- Distribute Rotary Basics (595-EN), This Is Rotary (001-EN), and What’s Rotary? (419-EN). All three are available from shop.rotary.org, the RI Catalog, or your international office.
- Give them copies of this booklet. Copies will be available at every meeting.
- Invite friends, co-workers, and colleagues to join you at your weekly Rotary meeting.
- Ask potential members to become involved with a club activity or service project.
- Encourage prospective members to tour the RI Web site, view membership videos, and complete a Prospective Member Form (www.rotary.org/membershipreferral)
- Rotary Club of Eureka new member application is available on our website (www.rotary1.org).
- Rotary becomes stronger with each new member.