Start a club

When you charter a new club, you’re not just increasing Rotary’s membership. You’re also expanding our capacity to connect diverse perspectives and create positive change in our community. Although district governors are responsible for organizing new clubs, your club can play an important role by serving as a new club's sponsor.

Why should I start a new club?

You might consider starting a new club if:

  • An area near your club 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

How do I start a new club?

You'll first need to contact your district governor or district extension committee. They'll oversee the process and provide approval for your new club. When starting a new club, keep the following requirements in mind:

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

How can I sponsor a new club?

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. This could include

  • Assisting the district governor’s special representative in planning and organizing the new club’s administrative processes
  • Helping plan projects and activities
  • Familiarizing the new club with Rotary’s policies and procedures
  • Organizing joint fundraising activities
  • Serving as an adviser to club officers

Find more ideas in Organizing New Clubs and Membership Development Resource Guide.

How do I start an e-club?

Rotary e-clubs offer all the benefits of a Rotary club with the added flexibility of meeting online. Learn about membership, meeting formats, and service projects.

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