The qualifications to be a Rotarian – an adult person of good character and reputation, with a position of executive capacity, engaged as a proprietor, partner, officer or manager of any worthwhile business or profession. The four types of membership are: Active, Additional Active, Senior Active, Past Service, and honorary.
1. ACTIVE – an ACTIVE Rotarian must perform at least 60% of his/her) work in the specified classification and only one person may hold ACTIVE membership in any one given classification. Exceptions are religious, news media or diplomatic service. A Rotarian may live or work anywhere within the corporate limits of the club city or within the territorial limits of an immediately adjoining club or community not part of the territory of an existing club.
I-A. ADDITIONAL ACTIVE – a second membership for another person engaged in the same classification as ACTIVE member and who must be proposed by the ACTIVE member. A third membership (second additional active) in the same classification may be elected to club membership with the approval of the ACTIVE member holding that classification, provided he or she has been a Rotarian previously and has terminated membership in the former club and is no longer actively engaged in a profession in the territorial limits of that club. ADDITIONAL ACTIVE has all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of an ACTIVE member.
2. SENIOR ACTIVE – a Rotarian becomes SENIOR ACTIVE after membership in one or more clubs for 15 years or more; or who reaches age 60 and been a member for 10 years or more; or who is age 65 and been a member of five or more years. All clubs operating under the Standard Club Constitution and By-Laws are required to declare as SENIOR ACTIVE any member who meets any one of these requirements. SENIOR ACTIVE has all the rights, privileges and responsibilities as ACTIVE member – may hold officer, must maintain attendance requirements, can propose an ACTIVE member, but not an ADDITIONAL ACTIVE member.
3. PAST SERVICE – certain active members who have retired or persons who have retired from active business or professional life who are otherwise qualified for Rotary Club membership, having held a qualifying position level, may be elected a PAST SERVICE member.
4. HONORARY – a designated membership for a person who has become distinguished by meritorious service in furtherance of Rotary ideals. An HONORARY member cannot hold office, does not pay dues, cannot propose new members, does not need to meet attendance requirements, but can attend all meetings and enjoy all other privileges. This membership must be established each year by the Club’s Board of Directors.