One of the concerns about joining Rotary is the cost. The cost to belong to a Rotary Club somewhat depends on one’s level of participation and their level of involvement. Rotary is trying to make an impact on our community and the world. To achieve these results requires a commitment. Membership in the Rotary Club of Green Valley requires a commitment of both money and time.
First, is the financial commitment for belonging to our club. The initiation fee for new members is $100, which includes a Rotary pin, plaque, and other introductory Rotary materials.
Annual dues for our club, the District and Rotary International are approximately $300 per year. Breakfast cost is $15 per week. To simplify accounting, our members are billed $250 quarterly ($1,000/year). These quarterly payments cover the cost of all meals and dues, achieving ‘Sustaining Member’ status in the Rotary Foundation, and other miscellaneous charges including a subscription to the monthly Rotarian magazine.
At our weekly meetings, members are occasionally “fined,” a humorous device employed to recognize individual achievements within the local community, or for birthdays, anniversaries, or any reason deemed appropriate by the “Finemaster” or the President.
Our members are also expected to make a commitment of their time, by participating in local or international activities and projects of the club. These include both service projects and social events. In addition, we encourage members to aspire to leadership or committee roles within both our club and our Rotary district.
Unfortunately, many clubs have some members who come for the meal, talk to a few people, and then leave without becoming truly involved in the work of Rotary. These people have earned the nickname, RINOS. The term RINO is the acronym for Rotarian In Name Only, someone whose name is on the club roll but whose attendance and participation are minimal. In most clubs, there are at least some RINOS, but we continually strive not to have any RINOS in our club.
Rotary members occasionally find that for a while after joining Rotary they are just Rotary members. They truly became Rotarians when they got involved in club service, participated in the weekly meetings and social events that the club offered. Rotary becomes even more fulfilling when one attends a District Conferences and ultimately a Rotary International Convention. Members find that they became (if you’ll excuse the expression) a “rhino,” charging into a service opportunities and throwing their full weight into attacking a challenge. Rotarians will quickly find that they get far more back from their involvement, than what they have put into Rotary.