You can keep your club and membership active and thriving by:
- Evaluating your club’s membership
- Finding new members
- Engaging current Rotarians
How strong is my club?
Assess your club regularly to learn what works and what doesn't. Ask yourself: Do your members reflect the diverse professions and cultures in your community? Are you achieving your club’s goals? What qualities make your club attractive to new members?
Use the Club Assessment Tools to evaluate your club’s strengths. Find more ideas for evaluating your club in the guide Strengthening Your Membership: Creating Your Membership Development Plan.
Our Be a Vibrant Club leadership plan challenges Rotarians to revitalize their clubs and better engage new and existing members. Its tips and best practices offer fresh ideas, and the new edition has regionalized versions. Choose the one that best fits where you live.
- North America
- Great Britain and Ireland
- Western Europe
- Central and Eastern Europe
- Middle East and North Africa
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
Your district leaders can also offer solutions. Contact your assistant governor, district membership committee, or district governor, if you feel your club could use a boost.
How do I find new members?
Rotarians join and stay with their clubs primarily because they seek opportunities for community service, fellowship, and friendship. Many of the non-Rotarians you know are looking for the same things. Invite them to help with your service projects, attend a networking night, or participate in a club get-together and help them see for themselves how Rotary connects leaders to make a positive change.
Here are some potential candidates to consider for membership:
- Friends and family members
- Business acquaintances
- Professional colleagues
- Younger community leaders who are already connected to Rotary through Rotaract, RYLA, peace fellowships, Youth Exchange, and other programs
Learn more in the guide Strengthening Your Membership: Creating Your Membership Development Plan.
Host an informational meeting
You can share the benefits of joining your club by hosting an information session for potential and new members. Find ideas, along with sample formats, resources, and worksheets in New Member Orientation: A How-to Guide for Clubs.
Prospective member information session
Invite club members to share their experiences, talk about your club’s service projects and social activities, and give an overview of Rotary.
New member orientation
Help new members expand their understanding of Rotary by hosting a series of information sessions. Suggested topics include Rotary history, opportunities for service, and The Rotary Foundation.
Courses and webinars
Encourage new and existing members to take advantage of the many resources available through Rotary to stay current. Courses in the Learning Center and webinars make it easy to learn at your own pace.
How do I engage current members?
Work hard to deliver an experience that will keep members engaged and excited about Rotary. Successful strategies include:
- Regularly recognizing members for their achievements
- Keeping members involved in club projects and activities
- Encouraging members to take on club leadership roles
- Sending out monthly email newsletters
Use social media to attract members
Is your club on Facebook? Is your website up-to-date? Are you sharing information about your club’s activities and projects with your community? Having an active social media presence can help attract new members and inspire current ones. Find ideas for developing your social media strategy and public image.
Joining a club
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.
Interested in learning more about joining Rotary? Clubs accept new members by invitation, so we recommend first reaching out to one in your area.
Resources & reference
- Membership Resources
- Connect for Good
- Strengthening Your Membership: Creating Your Membership Development Plan
- Club Membership Committee Manual
- How to propose a new member
- New Member Orientation: How-to Guide for Clubs
- Membership Minute newsletter
- Download a club brochure template
- Track your club’s progress in Rotary Club Central
- Enroll in a webinar
- Evaluate your club’s strengths with Club Assessment Tools
- Go to shop.rotary.org