Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
December 2019
A top priority for Rotary International is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve. To help us achieve our goal, the RI Board of Directors passed a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement:
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.
Visit Rotary’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage and encourage members to take the Building a Diverse Club in the learning center to learn more about what Rotary clubs can do and what the Secretariat is doing to build inclusive communities and create positive experiences that support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Attention Club Presidents and Membership Chairs.
Your District Membership Committee is here to help you. Periodically throughout this year, we will be sending out helpful hints to provide you with the tools that you can use to attract potential members and, very importantly, retain them once they have joined. Membership is the most important aspect of Rotary because, if we don’t have members, there IS no Rotary.
To contact us click on the District Organization
So: Membership
  • What is your club doing to attract members to your club?
  • What is your club doing specifically to make your club interesting enough to make these potential members want to join and stay?
  • What do you think is special about your club – networking, community and International service, fundraising, projects, fun, and fellowship? Something else? This should be an on-going discussion in your club.
  • Are your club meetings interesting, meetings where members say; “I never miss my club meetings!”
  • How do you get new members engaged?
  • What does your club do to retain members? Do you keep them engaged? Many leave because they are bored. What do you do to prevent them from leaving due to boredom?
  • Are you the kind of President who is the role model of you club in your actions, thoughts and manner, one who inspires your members? Are you a President with whom your members find easy to communicate?
And: New Club Development
August is also New Club Development month. Are you award of any area where a potential club could be started? Maybe the next town could support a new club. Maybe your club is getting too big and is ready to be divided in two for more manageable numbers. If you know of any interest in starting a new club, please contact me and together we can start the process. There is more than one way to grow membership in the District.
If you would like to share ideas you or your club has of growing membership, please email Lise Dutrisac, District Membership Director.
Good luck with growing and retaining your members! Remember, by doing this and doing what you do for Rotary, you are truly a Gift to the World!