Membership for Individuals Under 40
Why Become a Member?

Participation as an active member of the Rotary Club presents a number of advantages that include:
  • participation in a service organization with a rich history capable of assessing and responding to a diverse range of needs within the community and our country; 
  • increased awareness of your community and its leaders through association with Rotary and the many programs that are supported by The Rotary Club of Ottawa; 
  • immediate access to the global Rotary network of Rotary clubs, partner organizations and charities; 
  • participation opportunities with Rotary hands-on projects; and 
  • membership in an organization dedicated to assisting and supporting community, national and international needs and activities. 
Other benefits of membership include:
Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefits program, which offers discounts on products and services. It’s Rotary’s way of helping our members spend less so they can do more.
The Rotary International Convention is our biggest event of the year. Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention each year to celebrate our successes and make plans for the future.
Rotary Fellowships give members the chance to join a group of people who share similar interests, hobbies, or vocations. Some groups use their fellowship to make a positive difference.
Rotarian Action Groups unite Rotary members, family members, program participants and alumni who share their expertise in particular fields by collaborating with clubs and districts on projects.
Qualified candidates for Rotary club membership are adults of good character and business, professional, or community reputation who fit one of the following criteria: 
  • Serve as a community leader and builder
  • Is a Rotary Foundation alumnus
  • Hold or have held a position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognized business or profession
Responsibilities of Club Membership

The club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful work is carried out. All effective Rotary members are responsible for these key elements:
  • Participating in at least one service project that benefits our community, country and/or the world;
  • Sustaining or increasing our membership base;
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation financially and through program participation; and
  • Developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level.
  • Regular meeting attendance
  • Payment of annual membership dues
What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put into it. These membership requirements are designed to help members more fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience.

Rotary’s Guiding Principles

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; and
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Dues for “Under 40” Individuals
Annual membership dues for young professionals under the age of 40 years are discounted to make the introduction into Rotary more affordable. For the first three years of membership, the dues would be equivalent to the Rotary International and District 7040 base dues[1] only. The Rotary year is from July 1 to June 30. If an individual joins Rotary mid-year, the dues for that year would be pro-rated based on months.
[1] For the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 these dues are $145 (RI dues) and $72.00 (District dues) for a total of $217.00.