Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
With the four-way test as our guiding principle, Rotary Club 21, in collaboration with
Rotary Clubs world-wide, will promote and foster the advancement of understanding,
goodwill and peace through fellowship of persons united in the ideal of service to
humanity using our resources to make our community and world a better place to live.
Rotary Club 21 is a group of community leaders committed to service within the
Spokane area and around the world. We support projects that help people by
expanding their opportunities, and with our collective capability make a positive
difference for all involved.
Our members are key to the accomplishment of our mission.
…For Your Reference…
New Member Information Packet Contents:
Four-Way Test
Rotary Club 21 Vision and Mission
# of Clubs and Rotarians world wide; Clubs in District 5080
Page 2
History of Rotary
Pages 3 - 4
History of Rotary Club 21
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Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs
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Membership Commitments – Financial and Participation
Page 7
New Member Orientation Requirements Checklist
Page 8
Committee Descriptions
Pages 9 -11
Ways to Give - Rotary Community Service, Inc.
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Ways to Give - Spokane Rotary Foundation
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Ways to Give - Rotary International (RI) Foundation
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Examples of the Impact Rotary Club 21 Has Had
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How a Person Becomes a New Member of Rotary Club 21
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You’re a Part of Something BIG!
Clubs in District 5080
British Columbia
Beaver Valley
Castelgar Sunrise
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Nelson Daybreak
Radium Hot Springs
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Hayden Lake
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Ponderay Centennial
Post Falls
St. Maries
West Kootenai
Columbia Center
Columbia Valley Daybreak
Deer Park
Kettle Falls
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Spokane #21
Spokane Aurora NW
Spokane Daybreak
Spokane East
Spokane Hillyard
Spokane North
Spokane South
Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley Sunrise
Spokane West
Tri-Cities Sunrise
Walla Walla
Walla Walla Sunrise
…More Than 32,000 Clubs World Wide
…More Than 1.2 Million Rotarians!
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History of Rotary
The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on 23 February 1905 by
Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he
had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of
rotating meetings among members’ offices.
Rotary’s popularity spread, and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New
York to Winnipeg, Canada. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents. The
organization adopted the Rotary International name a year later.
As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social
interests. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve
communities in need. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto:
“Service Above Self”.
By 1925, Rotary had grown to 200 clubs with more than 20,000 members. The organization’s
distinguished reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its
ranks – among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, humanitarian Albert
Schweitzer and composer Jean Sibelius.
In 1934, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by
Rotary eleven years later. The test which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks
the following questions:
Of the things we think, say or do…
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Rotary and World War II
During World War II, many clubs were forced to disband, while others stepped up their service
efforts to provide emergency relief to victims of the war. In 1942, looking ahead to the post war
era, Rotarians called for a conference to promote international educational and cultural
exchanges. This event inspired the founding of UNESCO.
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History of Rotary (continued)
In 1945, forty (49) Rotary club members served in twenty nine (29) delegations to the UN
Charter Conference. Rotary still actively participates in UN conferences by sending observers
to major meetings and covering the United Nations in its publications.
“Few there are who do not recognize the good work which is done by Rotary clubs throughout
the free world.” former Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain once declared.
Dawn of a New Century
As it approached the 21st century, Rotary worked to meet society’s changing needs, expanding
its service efforts to address such pressing issues as environmental degradation, illiteracy,
world hunger and children at risk.
In 1989, the organization voted to admit women in to clubs worldwide and now claims more
than 145,000 female members in its ranks.
After the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet union, Rotary clubs were
formed or reestablished throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The first Russian Rotary club
was chartered in 1990, and the organization underwent a growth spurt for the next several
More than a century after Paul Harris and his colleagues chartered the club that eventually led
to Rotary International, Rotarians continue to take pride in their history. In honor of that first
club, Rotarians have preserved its original meeting place, Room 711 in Chicago’s Unity
Building, by recreating the office as it existed in 1905. For several years, the Paul Harris 711
Club maintained the room as a shrine for visiting Rotarians. In 1989, when the building was
scheduled to be demolished, the club carefully dismantled the office and salvaged the interior,
including doors and radiators. In 1993, the RI Board of Directors set aside a permanent home
for the restored Room 711, on the 16th floor of RI World Headquarters in nearby Evanston.
Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and
geographical areas.
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©Copyright 2008 Rotary International
History of Club 21
Rotary Club 21 is the oldest and largest club in District 5080. There is no official
record of how bringing Rotary to Spokane was initiated, whether it was by
someone getting in touch with the Seattle club, or whether Spokane volunteered.
But, whatever the flow, Rotary Club 21 of Spokane was formed.
As we look back in time, it was around the middle of February, 1911, when Ernst L.
Skeel, a Seattle Rotary club charter member, and the secretary of the Seattle club
came to Spokane to discuss the possibilities of starting a club in Spokane with a
gathering of people. Of the twenty six (26) people present, not all joined the new
club, but the application was made for membership in what was the National
Organization of Rotary Clubs of America.
On July 24, 1911 the National Organization advised the Board of Directors that Spokane, with its twenty (20)
members, became the 21st club in Rotary, making it the third in the State of Washington, behind Seattle and
Since its origin Club 21 has sponsored twelve (12) Rotary clubs and one (1) Rotaract club. Walla Walla was
the first club sponsored in 1919, followed by Coeur d’Alene, Wallace, Spokane Valley, Pullman, Colfax,
Spokane North, Spokane Hillyard, Cheney, Spokane East and Spokane West, with Spokane South being the
last club in 1972. In 1995 Club 21 sponsored the local Rotaract club which is made up of young business
professionals between the ages of eighteen and thirty.
Rotary Club 21’s overriding concern since World War II has been children with disabilities. Just after WWII the
club was deeply involved in the camping programs of the YWCA and the Boy Scouts. It was also involved in
Camp Larsen, a camp for Children with Disabilities run by WSU. Over the years the club has taken on projects
both singly and in collaboration with other Rotary clubs of Spokane. They include building a Picnic Shelter at
Manito Park, adding Soccer Fields on the South Hill, creating the Rotary Children’s Fire Safety House,
conducting immunization Saturdays, establishing a dental clinic in Thailand, constructing the Rotary Habitat
for Humanity House, and most recently it took the lead in developing plans and raising funds that built the
interactive fountain at the entrance to Riverfront Park.
Since its twenty member start, Club 21 has grown as large as 400+ active Rotarians and twelve (12) Honorary
Rotarians. It is proud to have had nine (9) members serve as District Governor, and one member serve as
International Director. Today Club 21 enjoys a membership of two seventy seven (277) active and seventeen
(17) Honorary Rotarians. You will find ninety three (98) members of the club have been members for twenty
(20) years or more. Of those ninety three (98), twenty four (27) have been members between forty (40) and
fifty (50) years, and four (6) have been members over fifty (50) years. The longest perfect attendance the club
is aware of is Richard Rubens, with forty six (46) years perfect attendance, tied with H. Jack Reeves, also forty
six (46) years. There are one hundred twenty one (121) members who are Paul Harris Fellows, some of them
multiple times.
Club 21 enjoys a long and rich history of providing service that furthers progress in our community, across the
nation and throughout the world.
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Officers and Directors
Jason Farrow
Manuel Hochheimer
Cynthia MacGeagh
Paula Nordgaarden
Paul Read
Steven Schneider
Chud Wendle
President, Clark M. Brekke
Vice-President, John Roger Pilcher
Secretary/Treasurer, Jennifer Thompson
President-Elect, Joe Franklin Bruce
Immediate Past President, Pamela “PJ” Watters
Executive Director
Suzy Greenwood
Committee Chairs
Jennifer Thompson
Brian Behler
George Lathrop/Marie Strohm
Debbie Rauen
Edward Walker/John Lee
Greg Tenold/Jerry L. Altig
Meagan Garrett/Kevin Berkompas
John Driscoll
Chad Dashiell/Scott Dahl
Michael H. Church
Julie Kelsey/Todd Eklof
Jason Farrow
Deborah J. Harper
Patrick Roewe
Rick O’Connor/Bruce McEachran
Paul Viren
D. Patrick Jones/Karen Mobley
Pamela “PJ” Watters, Youth Exchange Officer
John Langenheim
Tim Henkel/Shelley Redinger
Loran Graham
Brendan Wiechert/Darin Christensen
Chud Wendle/Michael H. Church
Greg Montalbano
C. Eric Christiansen/Josiah Roloff
Cindy Wendle/Jake Krummel
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Financial Commitment
$300.00 One time new member initiation fee
$366.00 Annual Dues (pro-rated upon month of joining)
$300.00 Expected Rotary Community Service, Inc.* donation
$16.00** Weekly Luncheon Meetings **cash; $16.50/week charge
Member Participation
Weekly Club 21 Luncheon Meetings
80% Attendance first six months in the club
60% Ongoing attendance
(includes make-ups at other clubs and participation credits)
Committee Membership
Completion of identified New-member activities
Active member of at least one (1) Club 21 committee
(Committee attendance generates participation credits)
*Rotary Community Service, Inc. is the 501(c)3 entity of Club 21. Members are
expected to contribute annually in lieu of fundraisers such as auctions, selling corn at the
fair, etc. RCS, Inc. funds our committees that provide services to the needy in our
community who would otherwise go without.
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New Member Orientation Requirements
These activities have been selected to provide new members exposure
to the opportunities in Rotary at the international, community and club
level during their first year.
1. Attend one board meeting to meet officers and directors.
Date: _______________________
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from noon until 1:15.
Location: Red Lion Hotel at the Park lunch available off menu if desired; call Suzy to schedule
a date to attend (509) 534-8998.
2. Attend a Rotaract Club meeting with your mentor. Rotary Club 21 sponsors the Spokane
Rotaract Club and keeping communication between the two clubs strong is important. The
Rotaract Club meets on the first and third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Rock Point Bldg. III, 2 nd
Floor Conference Room.
3. Greet members as they arrive at Thursday meetings for at least four weeks wearing the
red new member ribbon. Once you have completed this activity, return the ribbon to Suzy.
Date: _________
Date: _________
Date: _________
Date: _________
______ 4. I have joined the following committees: ________________________________________
______ 5. I have reviewed and understand my RCS contribution. Each member is asked to give a
minimum of $300 annually during the RCS drive.
Become acquainted with “make-ups”. They include visits to other clubs, committee meetings and Rotary functions such as District
conferences. When you attend any of these, please let your Executive Director, Suzy know so she can credit you with the “make-up” which will help
with your regular meeting attendance quota. Our goal is 60% attendance. You can find a list of other clubs, when and where they meet on the
District 5080 website. If you have questions, please contact Suzy at the Rotary office.
I have completed the above requirements:
Mail or fax completed form to:
Suzy Greenwood
Rotary Club 21
7 South Howard, Suite 420
Spokane, WA 99201
Fax: 534-8997 Email:
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Choose From 23 Committees:
Our Rotary Club currently has twenty-three (23) committees that our members may
participate on to shape the success and future of our club. The following is a brief
summary of committee responsibilities to assist in determining which committees you
would be interested in serving on.
1. BUDGET: This committee processes budget requests from all the committees, both Club
Funds and Rotary Community Service, Inc. Their budget recommendations are submitted to
the Board of Directors for their review and annual budget approval. (meets when needed)
2. CIVIC AFFAIRS: This committee evaluates requests from within our community for projects
that provide goods and services through worthwhile organizations that benefit the community
as a whole. The requests range from bricks and mortar type projects to educational and
service oriented projects. (meets the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the
Conference Room, Viren & Associates, 400 S. Jefferson, Ste. 451)
3. CLASSIFICATION/MEMBERSHIP: This committee reviews all membership applications.
They research the availability of the proposed classification and the suitability of the person
proposed. Their recommendations are sent to the Board of Directors for final approval.
(meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at noon at Hills Restaurant)
provide all members with ongoing and up-to-date information regarding Club, District and
Rotary International activities. Communication being such a vital part of connecting
members to Rotary and each other, and ensuring we are able to meet vital opportunities
when they arise, this is an exciting, forward thinking and busy group. They also share with
the community, the activities of Rotary to enlighten organizations who may need a helping
hand, and to attract new members. (meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3:00
p.m. at the Rotary office, 7 South Howard, Ste. 420)
5. DISABILITY SERVICES: This committee provides goods and services to disabled
individuals in our community whom would otherwise "slip through the cracks". They research
each application on an individual basis and look for donations of in-kind services, discounts
from vendors and matching grants. (meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Hospice
Administration Bldg., 121 South Arthur)
6. FELLOWSHIP: This committee is responsible for the planning and coordination of events
that provide opportunities for our members to build camaraderie and a “family group
atmosphere”. (meets when needed)
7. GREETERS: This committee is responsible for signing in visiting Rotarians, providing makeup slips, setting up the badges, collecting lunch money, greeting members and visitors,
taking attendance, providing the list of visiting Rotarians and Birthday people to the
President, and for putting the badges away. (meets when needed)
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8. FOSTER KIDFEST: This committee works for the benefit of young people who are in the
adoption system. They connect with these youth for different activities and will hold the first
Adoption Fair in Spokane in October. The work in close partnership with DSHS to ensure all
state guidelines are met. (meet at the direction of the Chair)
9. INTERNATIONAL SERVICE: This committee is responsible for the arrangements for our Youth
Exchange Programs, both long and short-term. This includes arranging for host families, school
transfer, district events and basic mentoring. There is a Japan/Germany three-week exchange
available to high school students that are family members of Rotarians in which the committee
makes all the arrangements to our sister-cities. There are other various International exchanges
and projects that vary each year that this committee oversees and provides financial assistance
to. (meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon at Hills Restaurant)
10. INVOCATION: This committee is responsible for preparing and assigning the weekly
invocations for the club. Each member is responsible for either scheduling the invocations for a
month and/or providing an invocation at meetings throughout the year. (meets when needed)
11. MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: This committee searches for individuals that would make
good Rotarians. They look to the general membership to propose people that they feel would
qualify and become good active members. They also search outside of the membership in the
community. (meets when needed, location varies)
12. NEW GENERATIONS: This committee searches for young professionals, ages 25 to 40, who
would be good Rotarians. Their goal is to continue Rotary into the future, keeping the club
strong and introducing the world of Rotary to the next generation of Rotarians. (meets at the
direction of the Chair)
13. NEW MEMBER INVOLVEMENT: This committee provides assistance to new members, helping
them become actively involved and known in the club. They arrange informational as well as
fellowship events geared to make new members feel welcome and a part of the club. (meets as
needed, usually monthly)
14. PARTNERS FOR WORK: This committee helps people who are differently enabled find gainful
employment. A job is more than a paycheck, it is a sense of pride and everyone deserves that
chance. This program introduces PFW staff to Rotarians through a paid position with Club 21.
The goal is to enlighten our club and community to the advantages of looking to this workforce.
15. PAUL HARRIS FELLOW / EREY: This committee encourages donations to the Rotary
International Foundation focusing on new Paul Harris Fellows. (meets when needed)
16. PIANIST/SONGLEADER: This committee is responsible for providing the weekly song and song
leading for the club. (meets when needed)
17. PROGRAM: This committee is responsible for arranging for the programs and guest speakers
for the weekly club meetings. (meets the first Tuesday of each month, noon,
O’Doherty’s Irish Grille)
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18. ROTARY FAMILY TASK FORCE: This group meets to evaluate family involvement in Rotary
meetings and programs. They work to find new ways to include family members in weekly
programs, plan events appropriate for the family, and find activities which share the heart of
Rotary with the next generation. Their goal is to mentor by example bringing all generations
together. (meets at request of Chair)
19. ROTARY INFORMATION: This committee meets with perspective and new members and
their sponsors, informing them about Rotary and inviting them to join Club 21. They are
responsible for providing information regarding the responsibilities and privileges of Rotary
membership and are available to answer questions. (meets as needed)
20. SPOKANE ROTARY FOUNDATION: This committee encourages members to contribute to
our Spokane Rotary Foundation - separately from the RCS Inc., contributions. They are trying
to build this foundation so that the club can have the funds to make an even greater impact in
our community. (meets when needed)
21. SUPPORT OUR VETERANS: This committee honors veterans in the Spokane area. They
are working to develop and fund projects to fill the needs of the many Veterans who have
given so much for us. (meets as needed)
22. VOCATIONAL SERVICE: This committee reviews applications from counselors at various
local high schools to recognize individuals who have overcome obstacles in their lives and
have chosen to pursue their education. These youth are recognized at a Rotary luncheon and
are provided with a certificate of appreciation and a check. They are then eligible at the end of
the school year to apply for a scholarship for continuing education. (meets when needed)
23. YOUTH SERVICE: This committee provides funding to organizations dedicated to the youth in
our community. The funding ranges from camperships, prevention and awareness programs,
educational opportunities and vocational projects for youth. (meets the third Thursday of each
month at 7:30 a.m. at the Express Personnel Offices)
Serving on committees is a great way to get to know
your fellow Rotarians better!
• Choose a committee that fits your interest
• Choose one that fits your schedule
• Choose one that has Rotarians you would like to get to know!
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Ways to Give
Rotary Community Service, Inc.
Your first giving obligation is to Rotary Community Service, Inc. (R.C.S.) Rotary Community Service, Inc., or “RCS,”
is a non-profit, 501(c)3 entity that is set up to receive annual, tax-deductible donations. Rotary Community Service
funds are raised each year from current Rotary Club 21 members to support the ongoing community service work of
Rotary Club 21. The money is used to support the work of the following Rotary Club 21 committees:
Civic Affairs
Disability Services
Foster KidFest
International Service
Veteran Services
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Rotary Club 21 members are asked to make a contribution of $300 or more each fiscal year. This is done through an
annual campaign, rather than by “hands-on fundraising efforts” during the year, as is typical in many Rotary Clubs.
The Rotary Community Service Campaign is held in the fall and runs through December, or until each member has
made a pledge and the annual goal is reached. These gifts can be made as an outright cash gift to Rotary
Community Service, Inc. which s a 501(c)3 entity, or members may have the option to make their donation through
their company’s worksite giving program. Rotary Club 21 depends on Rotary Community Service contributions from
The Spokane Rotary Foundation
This is the ultimate gift a member or spouse can give to further Rotary Club 21’s charitable work. Gifts made to The
Spokane Rotary Foundation earns investments that support Rotary Community Service projects and special projects
of Rotary Club 21.
Started in 1994 by Jack Reeves, The Spokane Rotary Foundation has grown to 1.2 million dollars
Gifts of cash or securities can be made in any amount, at any time. Members can arrange deferred gifts or planned
gifts. Simply name The Spokane Rotary Foundation in your will, or as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Honor
a loved one with a memorial gift. Those who make gifts of $2,500 or more are recognized as a member of the
Legacy Club.
Rotary Club 21 has been honored to receive support for Rotary Community Service from two interest-earning funds:
The Ryder Family Trust
The Gaston-Scharf Fund
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More Ways to Give
The Rotary Foundation
Paul Harris Fellows
Contributions of $1,000 to Rotary International (RI) bring Rotary Club 21 members the distinguished
honor of being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, an award named after the founder of Rotary.
Individuals can also donate $1,000 to honor another club member, or a family member.
Rotary International (RI) distributes these dollars through a matching grant process to provide funds for
Rotary projects that benefit people throughout the world. For example, Rotary International (RI) provided
matching funds for two Rotary Club 21 International Service Committee projects:
Dental care in rural Thailand
Russian Children’s Healthcare
Donations to Rotary International’s (RI’s) Permanent Fund are invested and earnings support grants.
Donors giving $1,000 to this fund are recognized as Benefactors.
Examples of the Impact Rotary Club 21 Has Had:
• Riverfront Park Fountain
• Commercial grade stove for Crosswalk
• Single room air conditioners for people
with MS
• Medical and dental equipment to
hospitals in Khabarovsk
• Dentists travelling to Thailand to provide
• Annual $1000 Kati Reeves Performing
Arts Memorial Scholarship
• Childhood Cancer Foundation
• Rotary Children’s Fire Safety House
• Equipment for Spokane Guild School
• Voice activated software for people
unable to use a keyboard
• Manito Park picnic shelter
• Motorized wheelchair for 51 year old head injury
victim to replace old wheel chair
• Support of Goodwill Children of Promise
• Training Russian orthopedic surgeons
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How does a person become a new member
of Rotary Club 21?
Below is a chronological outline of Rotary Club 21’s process for
bringing a new member into Rotary.
A potential new member is proposed by a current member, or by
contacting the Executive Director inquiring about membership. This is
done by submitting an application which is available through the Rotary
office. The application is completed by the potential new member and the
person proposing them. Typically, the prospective new member has been a
guest for lunch prior to this submittal, or if they are a call-in, they will be
invited to lunch and hosted by a member from the Membership
Development Committee. The Executive Director or Membership
Development Chair does an initial screening to verify basic information as
to whether the person will meet the minimum criteria for membership.
The Executive Director submits this information to the Classification /
Membership Committee. This committee continues the research of the
applicant as to whether they meet the criteria for membership. Additionally,
they verify that there is an available classification for the applicant. The
Classification/Membership Committee meets twice a month to review
applications. Usually, two meetings are needed to reach the
recommendation that will go to the Board of Directors regarding approval.
The Classification Committee’s recommendation is provided to the Board of
Directors through the Executive Director. If approved by the board, the
applicant’s name will be published in the weekly e-newsletter; this invokes
the 7-Day Rule. Within 7 days of publication, any active member of Club
21, in good standing, can enter an objection to the applicant. This protest
must be based on reasons other than competitive business conflicts and
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How does a person become a new member
of Rotary Club 21? (continued)
Once the 7-Day period has expired, the applicant can be formally invited to
join Rotary Club 21. This invitation usually takes place in a short meeting
involving the member that has proposed the applicant, the prospective new
member, and at least one member from the Rotary Information Committee.
Since the prospect has been provided with basic information including
details about financial obligations, club projects and activities, a list of
committees and list of current Officers & Directors at the time they
completed the application, they will now be provided a Membership Data
Information Form and their Initiation Fee Statement. They will also receive
a copy of The Rotarian Magazine and the Executive Director’s business
Upon receipt of the initial payment and membership data form, the
Executive Director will provide to the new member additional information
and request their picture for the directory. Together they will schedule the
formal introduction to the general membership depending on the program
schedule and the schedule of the sponsor and the new member. No later
than one month of becoming a new member, the Executive Director will set
up a meeting with the new member to discuss in depth Rotary and answer
any questions the new member may have.
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