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How to join the Rotary Club of Waikiki
Rotary Club membership is by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for membership by the Rotary Club of Waikiki, please download and complete our Membership Proposal Form, mail it to us, and we will contact you on receipt of your application.
How to propose a new member
New members bring fresh perspectives and ideas to your club, expand your presence in the community, and help ensure your club is strong and vibrant. You’ve got some great potential members in your area — it’s just a matter of finding them. Here are some suggestions to get the conversation started.
Share what Rotary means to you
Share why you value your Rotary membership:
- We share common interests and have fun.
- We make a positive impact in our community through service projects.
- We’re part of a global network of friends.
Emphasize professional benefits with colleagues:
- We share business connections and expand our professional networks.
- We have opportunities to develop professional skills.
Share Rotary videos and photos of meaningful initiatives with your social media network.
Wear your Rotary pin to initiate conversations about your involvement with Rotary.
Share information about your Club and Rotary
- Encourage interested prospects to learn more about Rotary clubs and Rotary on your club website and Rotary.org.
- Offer a club brochure that highlights recent service projects and social events.
- Bring them along to a club meeting or your club’s information session for prospective members.
- Invite friends, family, co-workers, and colleagues to a club activity or project.
If a prospective member expresses interest in joining your club, make sure they understand expectations of membership, including club fees.
Propose a new member
Once you’ve found a great candidate, follow your club’s process for proposing a new member.
Need a procedure for proposing new members? Consult the Manual of Procedure.
Find materials and tools to help you bring in members at www.rotary.org/membership
Expectations of a club member
As in the past, the minimum expectations of a Rotary Club of Waikiki member include:
- Pay bi-annual club membership dues on time (July 1st and Jan 1st)
- Sell or purchase a minimum of 2 tickets ($100/ea) for the Waikiki International FoodFest
- Make a Gift to the Rotary Foundation by February 1st of each year.
- Attend 50% or more of weekly Waikiki Club meetings and aim for 90% attendance including make-up meetings
- Participate in service events and club social events per year
- Actively serve in a leadership role on a current club standing committee
- Identify and propose new members
Why join Rotary?
Rotary Club members are part of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address various community and international service needs. Through community service and other means, Rotary club members help promote peace and understanding throughout the world. Our members are our most important asset. They are the force that allows Rotary to carry out its many humanitarian efforts and achieve its mission.
Each Rotary Club strives for a membership that is an up-to-date and progressive representation of its community's business, vocational, and professional interests. Membership in Rotary offers a number of benefits, including:
- Effecting change within the community
- Developing leadership skills
- Gaining an understanding of — and having an impact on — international humanitarian issues
- Developing relationships with community and business leaders
Types of membership
There are 2 types of Rotary Club membership, active and honorary:
- Active members must meet the qualifications, as well as live or work within the club’s locality or surrounding area.
- Honorary members have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals and are considered friends of Rotary for their permanent support of Rotary’s cause.
Each active member of a Rotary Club is classified according to the member’s business or profession. A classification describes either the principal and recognized activity of the firm with which an active member is connected or the member’s principal and recognized business or professional activity.
For more information on qualifications, see the Manual of Procedure (035-EN); the ByLaws of Rotary International, Article 4; and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution, Articles 6 and 7.
Proposing a new member
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.
Contribute to your 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 your fellow Rotarians, you can help your club fully represent your community’s business and professional life.
Use the proposal form to propose a new member. You’ll be strengthening your club and ensuring its growth and longevity. Do it today!
Attracting prospective members
Sponsors should consider these approaches for attracting prospective members:
- Hand out Rotary Basics (595-EN) — This Is Rotary (001-EN), and What’s Rotary? (419-EN). All three documents are available from either www.rotary.org , the RI Catalog, or your international office.
- Encourage prospective members to tour the RI website, www.rotary.org.
- Create a pamphlet that outlines the club’s history and highlights recent service projects and social events.
- Invite prospective members to a club activity or a service project. Click on Membership at www.rotary.org to check for the latest materials.
Identifying qualified candidates
Qualified candidates for Rotary membership are adults of good character and good business and professional reputation, who hold or have held an executive position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognized business or profession.
Membership approval process
Once it becomes clear that the prospective member is interested in membership, the sponsor should:
- Complete Part A of the Membership Proposal Form, and return the form to for submission to the club’s Board of Directors. Remember: Don’t inform a prospective member of the proposal until after the board approves it.
- Wait for the club Secretary to notify you of the Board’s decision, which should come within 30 days of the submission.
After your club board approves the candidate:
- Have the club or sponsor arrange an information session for the proposed member.
- Ask the proposed member to complete and sign Part B of the proposal form.
- Publish the proposed member’s name and classification to the club. The Recommended Rotary Club Bylaws allow 7 days for club members to consider and file objections, if any.
- If no objections are received, the proposed member pays the admission fee and becomes a Rotarian.
- The club Secretary or President reports