Information about Membership

General Introduction

Rotarians are men and women committed to serving others, promoting business and professional integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Leicester Club (founded in 1916) is one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs in almost 200 countries and territories across the world, with a total membership of more than 1.2 million men and women Rotarians.

Rotary aims to achieve its objects through Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service, “New Generations” Service to younger people, Club Service (supporting the running of the Club itself) and the Rotary Foundation – Rotary’s own global charity.

Rotarians are not just a member of their own Club: they are at the same time able to join in the meetings and fellowship of every other Rotary Club in the world.

Since the founding of the first Club in 1905 unique features of Rotary have been the tradition of weekly meetings for fellowship, activities, talks and usually for a meal or other refreshment, and of seeking to be as representative as possible of the whole range of businesses, services and professions of the Club’s defined territory by aiming to have at least one worthy representative from each major category of employment or service – what Rotary terms a “classification”.

Attendance Obligations

Regular attendance: Each Rotarian is normally expected to attend at least 50% of the Club’s regular meetings (each Monday lunchtime except on public holidays) in every six month period (January to June and July to December).

Making up attendances

If a member is unable to attend a meeting of their own Club, they can gain a full credit for any missed meeting by attending a meeting of any other Rotary Club during the previous or following fortnight.

There are a dozen or more Rotary Clubs in the Leicester area meeting on different weekdays and at different times of the day (breakfast, lunch, “twilight” or evening).

If travelling further afield, Rotary Clubs can be found in almost every part of the world.

Attendance at council or committee recognised meetings at Club, District, National and International level also count as making up a members attendance.

There is also more particularly a ‘Standing List of Events’ for which absence at a Monday meeting, within 14
days before or after, can be made up

  1. The events representing the Club in the District Minor Sports and Quiz competitions
  2. Attending a committee for events and /or helping at events
  3. Playing as a member of our Club team or helping on the day at any National or District golf competition
  4. Attending an Information Meeting for a Prospective new member

Leave of Absence

In the case of expected absences of four weeks or more whether for business, sickness, extended travel, or other good reason the Club Council can grant Leave of Absence on receipt of an application in advance, excusing the member from Rotary’s attendance rule for the period.

Apologies for Absence

These should be registered in advance, either on the Apologies Sheet displayed at Reception at each weekly meeting, or by phone or e-mail. It is most important that apologies are received by 10.00 am on the day of a lunch meeting so that the Hotel can be told how many meals will be required.

Members without leave of absence who fail to register apologies in advance are recorded as “Silent”, and the club reserves the right to charge a silent member for lunch. (Under the Club Constitution anyone “Silent” for more than four consecutive weekly meetings may be regarded as having resigned from the Club.)

Committee and other Club activities

Each member is appointed to one of the Club’s Committees, usually for a three year period. The Committees undertake the majority of the Club’s projects and activities and members are asked to support the work of their own Committee in particular.

Transfers of Membership and Resignations

If there are significant changes in residence, business, personal or other circumstances which are making attendance difficult, perhaps beyond the period of a Leave of Absence, the Club Officers should be notified as soon as possible. The Club will always be willing to advise on and support a transfer within Rotary to another Club whose meeting place, day or time is more convenient to the new circumstances. If however a member still feels the necessity to resign, please note that resignations must be received before 30th June each year (since the Club is assessed for its national and district levies on the basis of the 1st July membership.)

Financial Obligations

Admission fee and Annual Subscription

The annual subscription is due on 1st July each year and is collected by direct debit. The Club subscription includes the annual fee for membership for the services of Rotary at the national and international levels, for District purposes, and the balance is for the Club’s own expenses.

Weekly meeting (usually around 46 per year)

The cost of the two-course plus coffee/tea weekly lunch is paid directly to the Hotel’s cashier. As explained above the Club meets weekly except on public holidays. The Club occasionally has an evening dinner meeting – perhaps a couple of times a year and in support of a particular project for which the charge is typically around double the price of the normal weekly lunch.

Rotary Foundation

Rotary International has its own long-established charity, the Rotary Foundation, funded by Rotarians throughout the world. This supports a wide range of charitable, health and educational projects carried out by Rotary Clubs around the world. These include the worldwide programme aiming to
completely free the world of the scourge of polio – for which Rotary has raised and spent almost a billion dollars over the past thirty years or so, and where final victory is now in sight, while the Foundation also runs the world’s largest privately-funded educational scholarship programme.

Each Rotarian across the world is asked to make a contribution equivalent to US$100 a year to support the Foundation. Members are therefore asked to contribute £6 a month to the Club for transfer to Foundation purposes by monthly, quarterly or annual standing order. A gift aid form should be completed by all members paying UK tax to ensure the maximum benefit is achieved from every donation.

Rotary Club of Leicester Trust Fund

Over the course of each year, the Club receives many appeals for support from local charities and other good causes. Since 1978 the Club has had a registered charity Trust Fund from which General Meetings can vote to make donations on the recommendation of the Benevolent Committee.

Members are asked to consider making regular donations with Gift Aid to the Club’s own charity, again by standing order.