Rotarians are dedicated people who share a passion for both community, service, and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who
  • share your drive to give back
  • discuss your community's needs and discover creative ways to meet them
  • expand your leadership and professional skills
  • catch up with good friends and meet new ones
  • connect with leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations


Thank you for your interest in The Rotary Club of Rochester. We meet weekly on Thursdays. On the first Thursday of each month, we work together in service. On the second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays, our members enjoy a more traditional meeting with a buffet lunch, a short business meeting and a 30 minute program. Our club prides itself in the excellent programming. On the third Thursday, members are invited to meet in smaller groups in several locations or join us online for a shared online meeting.

Besides our weekly meetings, we offer service opportunities in which many of our members choose to participate. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self,” and there is quite a variety of service opportunities from which to choose. Participation is voluntary. The variety of service opportunities is one of the reasons I joined Rotary 29 years ago. Depending on what fits with my schedule, I can choose to volunteer alongside other Rotarians at local organizations such as Channel One food bank, Salvation Army, Rochester Public Library, Quarry Hill Nature Center, the local high schools, etc. I'm also proud to support Rotary's international service projects and international exchange opportunities. It's like a potpourri of service which allows me to work with many different organizations without having to dedicate my time to just one or two.

We hold a few social events throughout the year - some which double as fund raisers. We never ask our members to sell things door-to-door but instead raise dollars within our club. The size of our membership allows us to do this. We have approximately 155 members on our roster.

Membership in Rotary is by invitation. Anyone interested in becoming a member of Rotary is "proposed" for membership by a Rotary sponsor. This is typically a current Rotarian who the prospective member knows. If you are interested in becoming a member and do not know a current Rotarian who could be your sponsor, we can ask one of our members to host you at a few of our meetings so we can get to know you and then propose you for membership into our club. All membership proposals are reviewed by our club's board of directors.

If you would like to join us at a meeting, please feel free to do so. No reservation is necessary. When you arrive, please ask for our Administrative Director or President, and they will introduce you to one of our members to host you so you can ask questions and learn more about Rotary and our club. Our weekly meeting location is posted on the calendar on our website:

What is Rotary? - Promo Video

What is Rotary?

Posted by Service Club Marketing on Friday, March 4, 2016