RI removing barriers to membership

Screen shot 2016-04-12 at 3.42.19 PMIn practice, many Rotary clubs around the world have long done away with the various limitations imposed on the number of people from any one business category that may be inducted into membership of each club. However, a quota system and formal listing of professional categories remains on the books.

Now, that is changing.

It didn’t take long for the Rotary Council of Legislation to come up with something new. In the second day of its annual meeting, it redefined qualifications for membership in Rotary International.

Following up on the first-day theme of “flexibility,” the council quickly approved simplifying entry qualifications. Its proposal would replace a series of qualifications with a new definition that a club be composed of “adult persons who demonstrate good character, integrity, and leadership; possess good reputation within their business, professions, and /or community; and are willing to serve in their community and /or around the world.”

Presenters say the measure will grant clubs the responsibility and authority to choose their own members without a checklist.


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