Start a club

When you charter a new club, you increase our capacity to improve lives in communities around the world. District governors are responsible for working with the new club's adviser or the district's new club development committee to start new clubs. Rotary clubs and members can help the new club succeed by serving as a sponsor or mentor.

Reasons to start a new club

You might want to start a new club if:

  • An area in your district doesn’t have its own club
  • Your Rotary club can no longer accommodate new members
  • Members need an alternate meeting time
  • Members prefer to meet online (see How to start an e-club)

How to start a new club

You'll first need to contact your district governor or district new club development committee. They'll help with the process and provide guidance on requirements. For more information, see the New Rotary Club Quick Start Guide. Before you begin, remember:

  • A new club must have a minimum of 20 members
  • At least half of the members must live or work in the community where the club is established, unless it's an e-club
  • If you have a sponsor club, it must have at least 20 members

How to start an e-club

Contact your district governor who will help you get started. E-clubs need:

  • A dedicated website
  • Founding members who are able to manage the club's website
  • An online meeting platform to host meetings
  • Private sections of the website that only members can access in order to protect their personal data
  • Online financial transaction systems that allow members to pay dues, make donations, and process payments
  • The capability for visiting Rotarians to make up a club meeting

Find more information about starting an e-club in the New Rotary Clubs Quick Start Guide. Learn more about who can join and how an e-club operates.

Tips for club sponsors

Although a new club is not required to have a sponsor club, you can help it succeed in the long term by providing guidance and support during its first years. Here are some ideas for mentoring a new club:

  • Attend club meetings
  • Collaborate with the club on its early projects and activities
  • Work with the district governor's special representative to plan and organize the new club's administrative processes
  • Familiarize officers of the new club with Rotary's policies and procedures
  • Organize joint fundraising activities
  • Serve as an adviser to club officers

Find more tips for sponsoring a new club.

Resources & reference


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