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Proposing a New Member
 
 
Every Rotarian has the privilege and obligation of seeking qualified members. In this way, all club members can help their clubs achieve a full representation of the business and professional life of the community.  The standard procedure for proposing a new member is as follows:
 
The prospective member’s name is submitted to the Board of Directors.  The Board ensures that the person is fully qualified and approves or disapproves of the proposal, usually within 30 days. The proposer is notified of the Board's decision by the Club Secretary or designated alternate.  Until this approval is granted, prospective members should not be informed that they have been proposed for membership.  The prospective member is then informed of privileges and responsibilities of club membership, including a thorough explanation of attendance requirements.  He or she is then asked to complete the proposal form which gives the Board permission to publish his or her name and proposed classification to the club membership.  The prospective member’s name is published to the club usually by reading it aloud at a regular meeting. 
 
If no objections are received after the first or second reading of the proposed member's name, that person, upon payment of an initiation fee, is a new Rotarian, and the Club Secretary sends a completed New Member Report form to Rotary International.
 
In most instances, a person being considered for membership is invited by a member/sponsor to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary.  The sponsor may then submit the name of the candidate to the Board of Directors to begin the evaluation process. Others who are interested in membership, but don't know any Rotarians, can contact their local club directly.
 
Membership Dues
 
$ 700 per year – $175 per quarter – (includes weekly breakfast fees)
Dues are paid quarterly. 
 
The opportunity to make a voluntary contribution of $25 or more to the Rotary Foundation is available on each quarterly invoice sent to Club members.
 
Classifications
 
Membership is vital to Rotary, and an important component of club service is to enlarge the club with enthusiastic and service-minded new members.  Members must actively hold or be retired from a professional, proprietary, executive or managerial position.  They must have the desire and ability to serve and to meet the club's attendance requirements for its weekly meetings. An important distinction between Rotary and other organizations is that membership in Rotary is by invitation.
 
A Rotarian's classification describes either the principal business or professional service of the organization that he or she works for or the individual Rotarian's own activity within the organization. The classification principle fosters a fellowship for service based on diversity of interest, and seeks to prevent the predominance in the club of any one group.
 
Each club shall have a well-balanced membership in which no one business or profession predominates.  The club shall not elect a person to active membership from a classification if the club already has five or more active members from that classification, unless the club has more than 50 members, in which case, the club may elect a person to active membership in a classification so long as it will not result in the classification making up more than 10% of the club's active membership.  Members who are retired shall not be included in the total number of members from a classification. 
 
Classification Talk Guidelines
 
All new members are required to give a classification talk during their first few months of membership. Classification talks should be approximately eight to ten minutes in length and may cover the following topics:
 
Personal Information
  1. Where you live now and where you grew up.
  2. Educational background – school(s) attended, course of study, degree(s) earned.
  3. Family information – how long have you been married, ages of your children, spouse's occupation.
  4. Hobbies, interests and other organizations in which you are currently active.
     
    Business Information
  5. Occupation – your job title, name of employer, what you do, what the business sells or services that the organization offers, how long you have been employed there.
  6. Brief information on previous jobs.
     
    Connection to Rotary
  7. Why did you want to join Rotary?
  8. What Rotarian(s) introduced you to Rotary?
  9. Previous member of Rotary?If so, where and for how long?
     
    Mentoring of New Members
     
    Program Goal:
    To provide a structure to create a one-to-one match-up of an individual who has significant experience as a member of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North with each newly inducted member of the club for the purpose of helping each newly inducted member to assimilate comfortably and productively into our club as they begin their membership.
     
    Program Objectives:
  10. To make newly inducted Rotarians feel welcome in the club.
  11. To help newly inducted Rotarians to become involved in club activities.
  12. To reduce the likelihood of newly inducted Rotarians dropping out of Rotary.
  13. To apply the time and talents of new Rotarians towards Rotary projects.
  14. To continue the pre-induction education of new members about Rotary’s goals, both internationally and locally with our club.
  15. To use the talents and enthusiasm of current members to tell the Rotary story.
     
    Responsibilities of Membership Committee:
  16. To recruit mentors who have significant Rotary experience with our club, a high attendance percentage, and a personality that lends itself to fulfilling the mentor’s duties.
  17. To assign mentors at the discretion of the Chair of the Membership Committee.The new member’s sponsor will serve as the secondary mentor, with whom the mentor should coordinate if the mentor cannot fulfill all of the mentor’s duties.
  18. To create a meaningful induction observance for the new member.
  19. To coordinate with the Program Chair so that the new member gives his or her Classification Talk after having been a new member for 3-4 months.
  20. To maintain a checklist for each new member to help the club track the assimilation of new members.
  21. To present Fireside Chats at least twice a year (or as needed), and to coordinate the attendance of new members and their mentors and sponsors.
     
    Mentor’s Duties:
  22. To meet the new member before induction, and to be introduced to the club as the new member’s mentor at the time of induction.
  23. To attend a Fireside Chat with the new member.
  24. To explain Rotary at the local, district and international levels.
  25. To sit with the new member each week for the new member’s first two months of membership.
  26. To introduce the new member to as many club members as possible.
  27. To serve with the new member as a greeter at two club meetings during the first two months of the new member’s membership as scheduled by the Newsletter Editor.
  28. To encourage the new member to sign up for and participate in at least one committee, one fund raising project, and one service project.
  29. To monitor the new member’s attendance at meetings and projects for the first six months of membership, including making sure that the new member understands the importance of attendance, how to make-up a meeting, and consider attending at least one make-up meeting at another Rotary club with the new member.(NOTE: The Club Secretary will notify the mentor if the new member has missed two consecutive meetings.)
  30. To consider a social outing with the new member and his/her spouse during the mentoring period.
  31. To report to the Chair of the Membership Committee any concerns related to the new member or the mentoring process.