Dual Membership for Rotaractors
 
We hope that giving qualified young leaders a way to maintain their involvement in Rotaract, along with giving Rotary clubs greater flexibility in the format and frequency of meetings, will facilitate Rotaractors’ transition to Rotary clubs. As members of the family of Rotary, Rotaractors are committed to the world community and share Rotary’s goals of furthering service, world understanding, and peace.
 
Why Become a Member? 
 
Participation as an active member of the Rotary Club presents a number of advantages that include:
 
  • 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 community and its leaders through association with Rotary and the many programs that are supported by The Rotary Club of Ottawa;
  • 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.
 
Other benefits of membership include:
 
  • Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefits program, which offers discounts on products and services. It’s Rotary’s way of helping our members spend less so they can do more.
  • The Rotary International Convention is our biggest event of the year. Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention each year to celebrate our successes and make plans for the future.
  • Rotary Fellowships give members the chance to join a group of people who share similar interests, hobbies, or vocations. Some groups use their fellowship to make a positive difference.
  • Rotarian Action Groups unite Rotary members, family members, program participants and alumni who share their expertise in particular fields by collaborating with clubs and districts on projects.
 
Qualified candidates for Rotary club membership are adults of good character and business, professional, or community reputation who fit one of the following criteria:
 
  • Serve as a community leader and builder
  • Is a Rotary Foundation alumnus (Exchange Student, etc.)
  • Hold or have held a position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognized business or profession
 
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 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.
  • Regular meeting attendance
  • Payment of annual membership dues
 
Members must be in good standing with their Rotaract Club. The member choosing dual membership shall be eligible for dual membership until the Rotaractor becomes 30. At that time the member would become a Rotary member and pay the dues for members under the age of 40.
 
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.
 
Dues for Dual Rotaract and Rotary Members
 
Annual membership dues for dual Rotaract and Rotary members are designed to make the introduction into Rotary more affordable. Until age 30, dual members would pay their Rotaract dues plus the Rotary International and District 7040 base dues [1]. After age 30 and until the age of 40, for the first three years of Rotary membership, the dues would be equivalent to the Rotary International and District 7040 base dues only. The Rotary year is from July 1 to June 30. If an individual joins Rotary mid-year, the dues for that year would be pro-rated based on months.
 
[1] For the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (the Rotary year) these dues are $145 (RI dues) and $72.00 (District dues) for a total of $217.00. If an individual joins Rotary mid-year, the fee would be pro-rated based on months.