Council representatives talk about dues increase
T he Council on Legislation approved a US$1 a year increase in the per capita dues Rotary clubs pay to Rotary International on 27 April. (Read more.) The proposal was among more than 200 that representatives from Rotary's 531 districts are deciding on this week. We asked representatives what they think of the dues increase.
James M. Alden
District 6360 (Michigan, USA)
"My district is against the increase. All the rest of the world is having to cut back. Rotary has to live within its income."
Christine M. Montan
District 5300 (parts of California and Nevada, USA)
"I was in favor of it. I was also in favor of giving the Board authority to increase dues up to 2 percent [beyond 2013-14]. I was of the opinion that the Council best serves Rotary by focusing on policy and leaving the operating decisions to the Board of Directors."
District 3020 (India)
"I come from a country, India, where more than two-thirds of the clubs are from rural areas. Personally, I don't think the dues increase is an issue. But many of the rural Rotarians will protest."
Moses A.T. Gbande
District 9125 (Nigeria)
"I think it's absolutely necessary. I'm a businessman. I know in business, you have to plan. If the revenues don't come in, Rotary is not going to meet its budget."
Carl L. Chinnery
District 6040 (Missouri, USA)
"I think for $1 a year, the increase is very minimal. We should now go about our other business."