Corporate Membership - a 21st Century Solution
 
Recognizing the growing importance that corporations and organizations place on corporate social responsibility, the Club has created the corporate membership initiative. Corporate memberships invite corporations to participate in giving back to the community through the well-organized systems and structures of Rotary. Membership in Rotary offers an excellent vehicle for staff leadership development. The Club provides a medium to learn about community needs in a variety of areas and learn about and participate in fundraising and volunteering in ways that truly impact the community.
 
Why Become a Corporate Member?

Participation as an active member of the Rotary Club presents a number of advantages through an effective partnership that includes:
 
  • participation in a service organization with a rich history capable of assessing and responding to a diverse range of needs within the community and our country;
  • increased awareness of your corporation or organization within the community through association with Rotary and the many programs that are supported by The Rotary Club of Ottawa;
  • enhanced community exposure through the involvement of senior executives;
  • immediate access to the global Rotary network of Rotary clubs, partner organizations and charities;
  • participation opportunities with Rotary hands-on projects; and
  • membership in an organization dedicated to assisting and supporting community, national and international needs and activities.
 
Rotary Corporate Member Benefits
 
The Rotary Club of Ottawa has created a Corporate Membership program with specific benefits that will elevate your corporate or organizational profile in Ottawa and Canada, strengthen your leadership team and support you in your team building efforts.
 
Meeting Hosting: Every 12-18 months our Corporate Members will be provided with the opportunity to shape and lead one of our Rotary Club meetings. The frequency of the Corporate Member-lead Rotary meetings is intended to be every 3-4 months and will be adjusted based on the number of Corporate Members.
 
Social Media and Website Recognition: Every Corporate Member will be entitled to an annual sponsorship advertisement through the Club’s social media channels and website.

Team Building Opportunities: Rotary will endeavour to work with its Corporate Members to facilitate Corporate Team building opportunities associated with Rotary’s volunteer opportunities.
 
Responsibilities of Club Membership
 
The club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful work is carried out. All effective Rotary members are responsible for these key elements:
 
  •  Participating in at least one service project that benefits our community, country and/or world
  • Sustaining or increasing our membership base;
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation financially and through program participation;
  • Developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level; and
  • Regular meeting attendance (approximately 50 percent of Club, committee, and service) 
 
What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put into it. These membership requirements are designed to help members more fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience.
 
Rotary’s Guiding Principles
 
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
 
  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; and
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
 
How to Become a Member
 
We encourage you to attend at least two Club meetings prior to submitting your membership application for consideration. During this time, you will be contacted by a member of the Club to arrange an interview to discuss any questions you may have about the merits of joining the Club. Once you have completed and submitted your application, it will then be passed on to the Board of Directors for final approval.

The terms of reference for the Corporate Membership Program, membership application and fee schedule follow.
 
Terms of Reference

1. Approval Process
A corporate entity or organization may become eligible for Corporate Membership status in the Rotary Club of Ottawa by approval and ratification of the application form by the Board of Directors.

2. Designated Rotary Members
Once a corporation or organization becomes eligible for Corporate Membership, the corporation or organization must appoint at least one or up to three persons to be its designees, one of whom, referred to as the “Corporate Member”, must be a member of that corporation’s or organization’s senior executive group. All must be employed full time by the corporation in managerial or professional positions. The designees must be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.

3. Changing Designees
Designees may be changed by the corporation or organization on written notice to the Board while always retaining one of the corporation’s or organization’s senior executives.

4. Induction
Corporate Members, together with its designees, will be inducted into the Rotary Club of Ottawa in accordance with the current process and procedures.
 
5. Requirements for Members
The attendance and service requirements for the Corporate Member will be the same as for any regular member of the club. Namely:
 
  • Participating in at least one service project that benefits our community, country and/or the world;
  • Sustaining or increasing our membership base;
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation financially and through program participation; and
  • Developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level.
  •  Meeting attendance of at least 50%.
The Corporate Member will be credited with attending or service if any of the designees attend or complete the service, but
designees will be credited only if they are in attendance or complete the service.

Designees are required to follow the Guiding Principles of Rotary.
 
6. Classification
The Corporate Member will be classified and counted toward the classification limits set forth in the Rotary International Constitution, Article 5, Section 2(b). The designees will bear the same classification. The Corporate Member will choose one designee to give a classification talk for the designees and the corporation.
 
7. Rotary International Registration
Each designee will be listed as a member of the Rotary Club and will be noted in the roster that they are designees of the named eligible corporation or organization.
 
8. Badges
Badges will be worn by each designee similar to all club members indicating their corporate classification.
 
9. Votes and Quorum
For the purpose of general meetings and club matters, each designee of a Corporate Member may vote. As a member of the Rotary Club a designee may vote in Rotary International voting matters.
 
10.Holding Office
Each designee may hold any office in the Rotary Club to which the designee is elected or appointed in the normal way. At any one time, however only one designee may hold a position on the Board of Directors.
 
11.Conversion to Individual Membership
A Corporate Member designee may apply to the Board to convert to individual membership. This may be done while remaining in the employ of the Corporation or Organization or upon leaving this employment.
 
12.Communication
Each designee will receive the weekly Enews and Email communications, as well as login access to the Club’s website.
 
13.Public Liability Coverage
The corporate member designees will be included under the respective club liability insurance while participating in any approved club activities or projects if applicable.
 
14.Participation in Youth Activities
The Corporate Member designees are expected to abide by all restrictions, policies and procedures with respect to club activities involving youth.
 
15. Termination of Corporate Membership
The process of terminating the membership of a corporate designee or a Corporate Member will be dealt with on an individual basis, however, the criteria for termination will be the same as that for a regular member.
 
16.Meeting Hosting
Every 12-18 months Corporate Members will be provided with the opportunity to shape and lead one of the Club’s meetings. The frequency of the Corporate Member-lead Rotary meetings is intended to be every 3-4 months and will be adjusted based on the number of Corporate Members.
 
17. Social Media and Website Recognition
Every Corporate Member will be entitled to an annual sponsorship advertisement through the Club’s social media channels and website.
 
18. Team Building Opportunities
Rotary will endeavour to work with its Corporate Members to facilitate Corporate Team building opportunities associated with Rotary’s volunteer opportunities.
 
Fees and Financial Obligations

Annual Club Dues are payable by the Corporate Member in the amount of $495 per annum which will entitle the corporation to designate up to three members to participate in Rotary activities as corporate designee members.

Corporate Members and Designees are responsible for their own club meeting fees and meal fees.

In the event of a change in designation from Corporate Designee to individual membership, the member would be charged the going membership fee paid by all members.