Membership

Whether you’re a Rotary member looking for a new club, an alumnus wanting to reconnect with Rotary, or you know a person who would make a great club member, we can help you make that connection.

cropped-Rotary-Members-IMG_1025-3.jpgInterested in learning more about joining Rotary? Clubs accept new members by invitation, so we recommend first reaching out to one in your area.

Our membership committee chair is Cliff Rensberger. He can be reached at cliff_rensberger@us.aflac.com or 269-207-8343. He looks forward to your call!

Membership Process 

  • Prospective members are invited to join the club for up to three meetings while deciding upon joining
  • The applicant, upon completing the application, should return it along with a short resume or CV to his sponsor for the sponsor’s signature
  • The sponsor should forward the application to the Cliff Resnberger or Administrative Assistant for presentation to the Board of Directors
  • The application will be reviewed and voted upon at the next Board of Director’s meeting
  • Upon approval by the Board, the membership is notified electronically
  • An interactive New Member Orientation session is provided by Rotarian, Greg Dunn
  • Following completion of the orientation, induction is scheduled at the first meeting that the applicant and his sponsor can jointly attend

Committees

As a member of Rotary, you are asked to volunteer on at least one service committee. There are five general avenues to choose from: Club, Community, International, Youth and Vocational.  The following are current committees:

  • Community Service Committee
  • Grants Committee
  • International Service Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Prayer and Pledge
  • Program Committee
  • Public Image
  • Student of the Month

The 4-Way Test

One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary “4-Way Test.” It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago based Club Aluminum Company, which was facing bankruptcy Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy. Herb Taylor became president of Rotary International during 1954-55. The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. The message should be known and followed by all Rotarians.

“Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”