become a rotarian

Becoming a Vienna Rotarian

The goal for our club’s membership is having an up-to-date and progressive representation of the greater Vienna , Virginia area business, vocational and professional interests. Vienna Rotary Club membership is by invitation. An existing club member invites an individual to join the club and become a member.

Active membership is vital to the Vienna Rotary Club’s operation and service activities. A primary goal of our club is to continually recruit committed members who have the interest, motivation and abilities to get involved in service and humanitarian projects.

 

How to become a member

Ten Important Reasons To Join The Vienna Rotary Club

Your decision to join the Vienna Rotary Club can have a significant impact on not only your personal life, but also on the lives of others in the community, nation and the world. Highlighted below are ten areas in which your membership decision can make a difference:

 
1. The Opportunity to Serve

Rotarians provide service at both the community, national and international levels. Service programs address health-care needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, disaster relief, and environmental cleanups, to name a few. Members experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community.

 
2. Professional Relationships

A founding principle of Rotary was to provide a forum for professional and business leaders. Members are leaders in business, industry, the professions, the arts, government, sports, the military and religion. They make decisions and influence policy. This is not a Networking Organization. Rotary is the oldest, most prestigious service-club organization in the world.

 
3. Professional Growth and Development

Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development. Leadership, public speaking and communication, organizing and planning, team building, fundraising and teaching are just a sampling of the skills that can be exercised and enhanced through Rotary.

 
4. Friendship

Fellowship was a primary reason Rotary was started in 1905, and it remains a major attraction. Today, with more than 1.2 million members in over 30,000 Rotary clubs in 163 countries, Rotarians are encouraged to regularly attend meetings and to make-up missed meetings because they have friends wherever they go. Rotary helps build community as well as enduring friendships. In our club, we encourage laughter and good-natured fun at our weekly meetings.

 
5. Cultural Diversity

Rotary International is an association of local clubs in many countries. Clubs are open to members of every ethnic group, political persuasion, language and religious belief. Rotary clubs contain a cross-section of the world’s leaders. They practice and promote tolerance.

 
6. Good Citizenship

Membership in Rotary makes one a better citizen. Strong weekly club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation and the world. Rotary’s expansive network of clubs and programs provides extensive opportunities for service and interchange.

 
7. World Understanding

Rotary members gain an understanding of humanitarian issues and have a significant impact on them through international service projects and exchange programs of Rotary International and its Foundation. The promotion of peace is one of Rotary’s highest objectives.

 
8. Entertainment

Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and activities that oer diversion from one’s personal and business life. Conferences, conventions, assemblies and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education and service.

 
9. Family Foundations

Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest youth exchange, educational exchange and scholarship programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for future leaders. They involve family members in a wide range of social and service activities.

 
10. Ethical Environment

Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that measures words and actions by their truthfulness, fairness, goodwill and benefit to all. Encouraging high ethical standard’s in one’s profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days.

 

What Is Expected Of A Member?

Vienna Rotary Club membership carries with it several responsibilities:
- Regular attendance at our weekly meetings with 100% attendance as your “stretch” goal (All volunteer hours apply to achieve 100% attendance)
Aspire to leadership or committee roles within the club and accept responsibility inherent in any committee assignment.
- Commitment of some of your time to club projects
- Be employed in or retired from a professional position
- Live or work within the Greater Vienna, Virginia area
- Be willing to support our Viva Vienna Festival (this club’s major fund-raising project) over Memorial Day Weekend
- Personal sponsorship/Mentoring of a new member, once qualified
- Prompt payment of quarterly dues
 
What Will We Promise You?
- You will have an opportunity to share your experience, knowledge, time and love of service to our community, nation and the world with like-minded fellow Rotarians
- Enjoy interesting and informative programs at our weekly meetings
- Experience fun, fellowship and true friendships at each meeting
- Pride in the prestige of Rotary International membership
- Benefit from being part of a local, national and global network of Rotary International professionals