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Dear Prospective Member, 
 
We are very pleased that you are considering membership in the Rotary Club of San Juan County East. The information below is intended to share a little about the privileges and commitments of Rotary membership. All potential members must be sponsored by a current member of the club and pay a nominal application fee when submitting an application.
 
What Is Rotary? 
 
Rotary International is a service organization with 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Rotary is a diverse organization, apolitical and nonsectarian, open to all faiths. A Rotary Club’s membership is representative of the community it serves. 
 
Our motto is: Service Above Self 
 
Rotary provides not only internationally but also locally. The rewards of membership are measured in the benefit that you derive from participation in the Rotary Club of San Juan County East.   Our club contributes to the needs of San Juan County through financial support of necessary programs and the hosting of many of our own programs.
  
What Is the Rotary Club of San Juan County East?  

The Rotary Club of San Juan County East was chartered in 1959, the Club was first chartered as the Aztec Rotary Club and had 20 charter members and is the oldest and largest Rotary club in the Four Corners area. When you join our club, you become part of a prestigious group of leaders in the Four Corners community. Located in the heart of Farmington, our club boasts a membership of nearly 80 active members. 
 
Through weekly meetings and club committee involvement, you will gain the lifelong friendships that you would not acquire otherwise. It is truly a club of fellowship, community and business connections like no other.  

As a Member, What Are My Commitments to Rotary? 

Club members assume personal and financial obligations including dues, lunches and club projects. The primary purpose of a Rotary Club is to provide service to the local community through donations of time, talent and treasure. The Rotary Club of San Juan County East has a seperate foundation that allows for non-taxable donation and that actively serves those in our own backyard. In addition, members offer support to the larger international community through the Rotary Foundation. 

Fellowship and Business Connections 
 
Rotary membership has a certain prestige. You will meet many of the community‘s present and upcoming leaders. There will be opportunities to network, socialize and develop business relationships with other club members. However, expecting to network and solicit business from other members should not be the motivation for joining Rotary. Members should refrain from networking for business purposes during club meetings. When members focus on Rotary activities, business opportunities will often appear at the most unexpected times. 
 
Attendance 
 
Rotary International has an attendance requirement for all members. You will be expected to attend at least 50% of the weekly meetings. When you cannot attend your regular weekly meeting, you can do a makeup at any Rotary club throughout the world. Attending meetings in other local clubs, other states or other countries has proven to be one of the highlights of being a Rotarian. When you walk into another club’s meeting, you will instantly be surrounded by new friends and be welcomed warmly. In addition, participating in a club, district or Rotary International committee meeting or event counts as an attendance "make up". You can even do an online makeup through the Rotary International website. 
 
Rotary Club of San Juan County East Meetings 
 
The Rotary Club of San Juan County East’s meetings are held every Tuesday except holidays. Food service starts at 11:45 and is the opportunity to network and socialize. The meeting is from noon until 1:00. In rare instances, you may find it necessary to “scoot” -- that is to leave a meeting early. As a courtesy to our speakers however, you are expected to remain until the adjournment of the meeting. If you must “scoot” please do so before the speaker begins. You may purchase a “Scooter” button for $2 and you are encouraged to sit near an exit so as not to disturb the meeting. 
 
Again, we are excited you are interested in becoming a Rotarian!  To find out more about Rotary's rich history and the organization's mission and structure, please contact us a sanjuancountyeast@gmail.com.