How to Join
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Rotarian. Rotary International is an association of individual clubs, with each club operating autonomously. Membership is extremely important to us, and we are always eager to hear from individuals interested in our mission and in joining a Rotary club. The RI universal premise is that the membership of each club constitutes an accurate representation of the business and professional population within the community served.
Membership in a Rotary club requires available business or professional classification opportunities as well as an invitation and sponsorship by a member of the club. Sometimes an individual cannot be invited or sponsored for membership.
Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.
Membership in a Rotary club offers a number of benefits, including:
- effecting change within the community
- advancing business and professional contacts
- developing leadership skills
- gaining an understanding of – and having an impact on – international humanitarian issues
Through Rotary International’s service programs, a Rotary club can have a significant effect on the quality of life in its community. Rotary Foundation programs offer opportunities to form international partnerships that help people in need worldwide. Some 1.2 million Rotarians in 30,000 clubs in more than 160 countries make significant contributions to the quality of life at home and around the globe.
Applying and Confirmation Process
- Contact the Wakefield Rotary Club or simply visit one of our meetings. Lunch is on us when you visit as a prospective member (up to 3 visits).
- At the meetings, you’ll meet your Rotarian Sponsor who will help you navigate and learn more about us.
- After visiting our club, complete an application via the Club Secretary.
- The current club members have 2 weeks to submit any objections in writing.
- If there are no objections, you will be inducted at the next general club meeting.
- There are 2 types of membership. Please review our Membership Info Sheet to decide which type is right for you.
Terry Holmgren Rotary Membership:
Early in 2012, I became a member of the Wakefield Rotary Club and have the privilege of representing the Horizon House Clubhouse. The relationship between Horizon House and the Wakefield Rotary Club began before I started as the Employment Coordinator there. About two years ago, the Program Director of Horizon House with two other staff members visited the Rotary Club as guest speakers. As a result of this meeting, one of the staff (Amber Pinkham) was made an honorary member of the Wakefield Rotary Club which in turn formed my connection to the Club.
After working for Horizon House for a month, I asked Amber whether I could attend one of the Wakefield Rotary Club lunch meetings so that I could meet some of the members. Immediately, I was welcomed and was treated as though I were already a member of the Club. Following the first meeting I followed up with Suzanne Bowring, the Club Secretary, to obtain an application. I attended three subsequent meetings as a guest but felt that I was already a part of the group. To describe the Wakefield Rotary Club in one word I would say ‘family’. Although there are financial and service related obligations, I feel as though I am part of something special.
Since becoming the Employment Coordinator at Horizon House, joining the Wakefield Rotary Club has been the best decision we have made as an organization. Because I assist people to find employment, a large part of my job is forming relationships with potential employers and business leaders in the community. The important part of Rotary is that it is primarily a service organization and not simply a business trade organization. The purpose is to help and support others by using our leadership skills and to learn and to grow as a person. Representing Rotary to the public means a great deal to me both personally and of course professionally. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to continuing to serve the community as a Rotarian.