Awards

Members of the Rotary community work hard to create positive change at home and around the world. And because of this, they’re making clubs stronger, communities better, and peace possible. Thank them for their dedication and valuable contributions by recognizing them with one of the following awards.

Recognize a Rotarian

Avenues of Service Citation

Honor a club member who participates in service activities in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth.

Who can nominate: Club presidents

Deadline: None

Download the nomination form

See a list of Avenues of Service Citation recipients

Club Builder Award

Present a certificate to up to 10 deserving Rotarians from your district who have significantly supported and strengthened their Rotary clubs.

Who can nominate: District governors

Deadline: None

Download the certificate order form

New member sponsor recognition program

Recognize Rotarians who sponsor new members with a gold, silver, bronze, or blue pin.

Who can nominate: Rotarians

Deadline: None

Download the program guide and frequently asked questions

See a list of new member sponsors (gold level)

Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service

Honor members who have been actively involved in service activities related to The Rotary Foundation, such as serving on a Foundation committee, participating in a grant-funded project, or supporting a Rotary Peace Fellow.

Who can nominate: District governors

Deadline: None

Download the nomination form

See a list of Citation for Meritorious Service recipients

Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is the Foundation’s highest service recognition and is given to Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Foundation. Recipients must have received the Citation for Meritorious Service four years prior to be eligible for this award.

Who can nominate: Rotarians

Deadline: 30 June

Download the nomination form

See a list of Distinguished Service Award recipients

Rotary Foundation District Service Award

Present a certificate to Rotarians in your district who are making a difference through the Foundation’s programs.

Who can nominate: District governors

Deadline: None

Download the certificate order form (limit 20 certificates)

RI Service Above Self Award

Rotary’s highest honor recognizes up to 150 Rotarians each year who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents.

Who can nominate: Current and immediate past district governors and current and past RI directors

Deadline: 1 September

Download the nomination form

See a list of Service Above Self Award recipients by district and by year

Service Award for a Polio-Free World

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to our polio eradication efforts. Each year, we give up to 10 regional service awards per WHO region to worthy recipients. We also give 10 international awards to people whose work has had widespread impact.

Who can nominate: Rotarians

Deadline: 1 November

Download the nomination form and guidelines

Vocational Service Leadership Award

This award is given to Rotarians who have used their occupation to make an impact in the community, demonstrated integrity in their profession and in Rotary, and undertaken at least one of six activities outlined in the award guidelines that we outline in the nomination form.

Who can nominate: District governors

Deadline: 1 November

Download the nomination form

See a list of Vocational Service Leadership Award recipients

Recognize a Rotary club

Membership Development Award

Honor a club, district, or zone that achieved superlative success in membership growth and retention.

Who can nominate: No nomination necessary

Deadline: None

Download the award brochure

Presidential Citation

Clubs that are growing stronger, creating positive change in our communities, and enhancing our public image deserve recognition. The Presidential Citation is one way to acknowledge their work.

Deadline to achieve all goals: 1 April 2016

Download the Presidential Citation brochure

Significant Achievement Award

Recognize a club in your district whose project has addressed a significant problem or need in your community (international projects are not eligible). You can nominate one club per district each year.

Who can nominate: District governors

Deadline: 15 March

Download the nomination form

Recognize our partners in service

Family and Community Service Award

This award recognizes individuals or organizations that are helping families in your community, as well as Rotarian family members who make positive contributions to a Rotary club.

Who can nominate: Club presidents

Deadline: None

Order certificates (available in sets of 10)

Presidential Citation for Interact Clubs

Recognize Interact clubs that are meeting our president’s challenges to make a positive difference.

Deadline to achieve all goals: 1 April 2016

Sponsor Rotary club president deadline: 15 April 2016 (for reporting qualifying clubs to RI)

Download the Interact Presidential Citation form

Presidential Citation for Rotaract Clubs

Honor Rotaract clubs that are meeting our president’s challenges to be active and engaged.

Deadline to achieve all goals: 1 April 2016

Download the Rotaract Presidential Citation form

Rotaract Outstanding Project Award

Recognize clubs that are making an impact through their exceptional community or international service projects.

Who can nominate: Rotaractors

Deadline: 1 February

Complete the nomination form

Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award

Honor spouses and partners of club members for showing their commitment to Rotary through exemplary humanitarian service.

Who can nominate: District governors

Deadline: 1 March

Download the nomination form

See a list of Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award recipients

Alumni Association of the Year Award

This award recognizes one outstanding alumni association each year that has increased awareness of our alumni’s impact on our organization.

Who can nominate: Regional Rotary Foundation coordinators

Deadline: 30 June

Download the nomination form

See past Alumni Association of the Year Award recipients

Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award

This award recognizes one outstanding Rotary alumnus each year whose humanitarian service and professional achievements demonstrate the impact of Rotary's programs.

Who can nominate: Regional Rotary Foundation coordinators

Deadline: 30 June

Download the nomination form

See a list of past Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award recipients

World Interact Week Recognition

Recognize Interact clubs that celebrate the founding of the first club during World Interact Week, which occurs each year during the week of 5 November. Activities can range from working on a joint project with a Rotary club to inviting potential members to a club meeting or project.

Who can nominate: Sponsoring Rotary club or district Interact chair

Deadline: None

Download the certificate

World Rotaract Week Recognition

Recognize Rotaract clubs that celebrate the founding of the first club during World Rotaract Week, which occurs each year during the week of 13 March. Activities can range from partnering with an international Rotaract club to publicizing Rotaract in your local media.

Who can nominate: Sponsoring Rotary club or district Rotaract chair

Deadline: None

Download the certificate

Questions? Send them to riawards@rotary.org