How to Become a Member

How to Become a Member

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries.

Why Join Rotary?

Maybe you’ve seen a need in your own community and wondered how you could help. Maybe you want to use your professional skills to help others — or even learn new skills. Maybe you’re seeking connections with other service-minded professionals in your community or abroad.

Whatever your reason, joining Rotary can help you achieve these goals, and so much more. See why these men and women are members of their local Rotary club.

Each Rotary club strives for a membership that is an up-to-date and progressive representation of its community's business, vocational, and professional interests. Membership in Rotary offers a number of benefits, including:

Effecting change within the community

Developing leadership skills

Gaining an understanding of - and having an impact on - international humanitarian issues.

Developing relationships with community and business leaders

Rotary membership is by invitation of local clubs. If you would like to be considered for membership by a local Rotary club, complete a Prospective Member Contact Form. RI will forward your information to clubs in your area.


Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.

Rotary membership gives men and women an opportunity to forge new friendships and share the rewards of helping others through volunteer service.

The Rotary club meeting is a chance for members to socialize, network, and plan service activities based on local needs and their own interests and talents. In addition Rotary clubs often team up with clubs in other countries to carry out international service projects, enhancing members’ cross-cultural understanding. Rotary clubs are open to people of every race, culture, and creed.

We invite you to find out more about our organization. These links will open relevant pages on the RI website (in a new window):

Find a Rotary club in your area

Let us know you are interested in becoming a Rotarian by filling out the Prospective Member Form

Familiarize yourself with Rotary by reading Rotary Basic

A Rotary Foundation alumna or alumnus is also a qualified candidate for Rotary club membership.