EXPECTATIONS OF POCATELLO ROTARY CLUB MEMBERS
Thank you for considering membership in the Pocatello Rotary Club. Rotary membership is not only a privilege, but a commitment to the service of others, both locally and internationally. Rotary’s motto is “Service above self.” Our Club’s expectations of its members are outlined below. While we understand that members juggle multiple priorities and cannot always meet every expectation, it is important to understand what they are.
Our Club, as with every Rotary Club in the world, is a service organization. Members are expected to volunteer their time and skills to serve our community by participating in Club service projects. We also request that members share their ideas for service in the community and the world.
Currently, our service projects include:
- Highway Cleanup. We adopt a portion of a local highway and clean it annually.
- Rotary’s Dictionary Project. We hand-deliver special dictionaries to every third-grader in the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District.
- Children's Literacy.
- Rotary Rose Garden. We plant and tend roses to beautify our City.
- Habitat for Humanity.
- I Love ISU. We volunteer to make calls to raise scholarship funds for Idaho State University.
- Rotary Helps (assistance for K-12 graders).
- Idaho Foodbank.
- Interact, Rotaract, RYLA (youth leadership camp) and Rotary Youth Exchange.
One of the most important aspects of Rotary, is fellowship, socializing, and networking. We encourage friendship and peace through friendship throughout the world. Rotarians enjoy getting together to learn about community and world events, but we also enjoy getting to know one another and understand one another despite our differences. Rotary is perhaps the largest non-religious, non-political entity in the world. Not only do we encourage fellowship within our club but we encourage members to reach out and visit other clubs both in our own community and when traveling abroad. We encourage club members to 'exchange club banners' with other clubs when visiting a club away from home. Rotary also encourages fellowships beyond the club for members with special interests or unique skills. For example, there are Rotary Fellowship Groups for pilots, scuba divers, golfers, singles, tennis players, and many more. We also have Rotary Action Groups for people with special interests, such as economic development, literacy, Alzheimers, diabetes, disaster relief, etc. In short, there are many ways to find great fellowship opportunities through Rotary.
PARTICIPATION IN CLUB ACTIVITIES
- Members are expected to join a Club Committee right away and be an active participant on that committee.
- Members are encouraged to volunteer on a regular basis for fellowship service (serving as a greeter, leader of the Pledge of Allegiance or delivering an invocation or motivational thought)
- Members are encouraged to participate in the Club’s service, fund-raising and community involvement activities wherever possible. The service activities are listed above.
Members are expected to attend Rotary meetings weekly. Lunch is served at all meetings. Members are expected to attend at least 50% of meetings each year. If you cannot attend a meeting of the Pocatello Rotary Club, you are welcome to attend a meeting of any of the other Rotary Clubs in the area. We also record and broadcast our meeting for those who are shut-in or can't attend. Viewing a recording of our club meeting counts toward your total meeting attendance if reported to our Club secretary via an email sent to email@example.com.
Dues and meals. Pocatello Rotary Club members are invoiced quarterly for dues and meals (click here for more details). Your quarterly dues also includes a subscription to The Rotarian magazine and a mandatory $5.00 per quarter contribution to the Rotary International Foundation Annual Programs Fund. You are charged for meals whether you attend the meeting or not, so we encourage you to come. There are some exceptions to the 'no refund' policy when you attend a 'make up meeting' or qualify for a reduced fee club membership. When members attend make-up meetings and pay for their meal at the make-up meeting, they receive a lunch credit upon reporting back to the club secretary.
About make-up meetings: When a member is unable to attend a Pocatello Rotary Club meeting, they are encouraged to attend a meeting of another Rotary Club (anywhere in the world). You can make up the meeting up to 7 days before or 7 days after our regular Thursday meeting. When doing so, members are usually required to pay for a meal. In such cases, Pocatello Rotary members are refunded the clubs current meal cost for one meal. To receive your meal refund, bring your Rotary visitor card (provided by the club you have visited) to the Secretary of the Pocatello Rotary Club. In cases where the club you visited does not offer visitor cards, convey this information via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org when applying for your refund.
Rotary International Foundation. Members are strongly encouraged to contribute to the Rotary International Foundation. This is the charitable arm of Rotary International. Members are invoiced $25.00 per quarter as a charitable contribution to the Rotary International Foundation unless they choose to opt out. Rotary International’s goal is that every member contributes at a minimum $100.00 per year to the Rotary Foundation. Additional gifts to the Rotary Foundation are encouraged. When a member’s total giving reaches $1,000.00, the member is named a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) and is recognized with a commemorative pin at a Club meeting. (Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International.) After earning their own personal recognition, members are encouraged to continue donating for which they are given one 'point' for each dollar given. These points can can be given to family members or others to help them achieve their own PHF recognition. PHF achievements are an honor that is recognized word wide.
Fines. The Pocatello Rotary Club appoints a Sergeant at Arms, whose responsibilities include researching and announcing the good deeds and accomplishments of members of the Club and “fining” them for their good work. Fines tend to range from $1.00-5.00. Funds raised by these fines are given to a local charity each year that is chosen by the Sergeant and approved by the board.
Fifty-fifty drawing. As members enter the meeting room, they may purchase raffle tickets for a drawing held as part of the meeting. Members whose raffle numbers are drawn have the chance to win half of the accumulated “pot.” The other half is given to Polio Plus, an initiative of Rotary International designed to eradicate polio from the Earth.
Members are encouraged to bring guests to any and all meetings. No reservation is required. Members will be invoiced the current meal charge for each guest’s meal. However, prospective members who visit the club have meal charges waived for the first two meetings visited. Bringing guests to Rotary is the best way to grow our club and to introduce others to the work that Rotary does. Don't be shy! Bring a friend!
Members are encouraged to take advantage of District and International training opportunities. Rotary activities beyond the club level help members get a vision of what Rotary accomplishes globally. Our club is one of 41 clubs that make up Rotary District 5400. The District holds regular training conferences, events, and assemblies all designed to help Rotarians carry out the work of service in their communities and in the world. Rotary International also has an annual Conference held in a different place every year, somewhere in the world. These conferences attract the best speakers, entertainers, and Rotarians from all over the world. All Rotarians are welcome at any of these District, Zone, or International events.
We encourage new members to aspire to Club leadership, to get involved, and help our Club improve its effectiveness as a service organization. Leadership opportunities within the club include serving as a committee chairman, board member, or club officer.
If you have any questions about membership, please don’t hesitate to ask your sponsor, a member of the membership committee, or a member of the Board. Information about Pocatello Rotary Club activities is readily available at www.Pocatellorotary.org and on Facebook.com/pocatellorotaryclub.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Club!