Rotary is an international organization. The first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago in 1905, by Paul P. Harris, held as the founder of Rotary. Its four members met in rotation at their business or offices, thus the name Rotary. As of 28 February, 2013 there were 1,211,868 Rotarians in 34,297 Clubs worldwide.
The Rotary world is divided into geographical territories within which a group of Clubs are associated. These territories are known as Rotary Districts. Our Club belongs to District 7450, which is composed of about 50 Clubs - with a total membership of over 2000 Rotarians. Rotarians are members of a specific Club, while Clubs are members of Rotary International. In other words, men and women Rotarians are not members of Rotary International, only their Clubs are.
Rotary International is governed by a President and a Board of Directors, elected by the clubs from all over the world. Districts are run by District Governors.
Each Club is an autonomous group, with its own President, Vice-presidents(s), Secretary, Treasurer and Board of Directors.
The Rotary year spans from July 1 through June 30. All Rotary authorities are renewed every fiscal year, following open elections.
Implementation of Rotary's Object
The Object of Rotary is implemented through five Avenues of Service:
Those services which involve the successful management of a Rotary Club.
Those activities promoting the 'ideal of service' throughout the business and professional world.
Encompasses all activities making a community a better place in which to live.
The advancement of understanding and good will among peoples of the world.
NEW GENERATIONS SERVICE
Recognizes the positive impact of youth and young adults engaged in leadership development, community and international service that enrich and foster world peace and understanding.
International Service supports The Rotary Foundation, a charitable organization that is achieving - among other things - the eradication of polio throughout the world; enables outstanding youth to study on Rotary grants; or provides funds and know how to hundreds of worthwhile educational, sanitary, health-related or humanitarian projects. It also supports The Gundaker Foundation and The King of Prussia Rotary Club Charitable Foundation, all of which are further described below.
A member's classification describes either the principal activity of a firm, or a person's business or professional activity. There is no definitive list of classifications, nor is one possible as business activities and terminology vary greatly from area to area. Also, similar businesses are organized in differing ways even within the same community. Each Club should reflect a cross-section of the business and professional life of its community. To this end, the "10% Rule" suggests that not more than 10% of the classifications should be in any related field.
An Active Member must be:
- An adult of good character and reputation, who is:
- a proprietor, partner, corporate officer or manager;
- holds an executive position with
discretionary authority; or
- local agent or branch representative having
- He/she must have his/her place of business or residence:
- within the territorial limits of the club;
- within the limits of the city in which the
club is located;
- within the territorial limits of an
immediately adjoining club;
- within the adjacent rural territory, provided
-does not belong to any other Rotary Club.
Additional Active Memberships are of two types, both of which must meet the standard qualifications for membership: adult of good character and reputation and executive position. Only one additional active per classification is permitted under each of the following subsections:
(a) - The member must be engaged in the same classification as the proposer. Same territorial requirements as an active member.
(b) - The Club may elect with permission of the holder of the classification a person per classification who is a former active member of another Rotary club and who lost his/her membership because he/she ceased to be actively engaged within the territorial limits of that club in the classification he/she held. He/she must have his/her place of business or residence within the territorial limits of the new Club.
An Honorary Member is someone who has distinguished him/herself by meritorious service in furthering the Rotary ideals. Honorary membership terminates on June 30, in the Rotary year elected, but he/she may be re-elected indefinitely. He/she does not pay dues; cannot hold office; may not vote, and has no rights in any other Rotary club (i.e. attending their meetings).
Membership in a Rotary Club is not transferable. Any Rotarian wishing to become an Active Member of another Rotary Club must undergo roughly the same procedures he or she went through when entering the initial Club.