If you are interested in joining The Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, please join us at our weekly meeting.
Indian Hills Country Club
Tuesdays 11:30 – Lunch
12:00 – Meeting
All prospective members must have a sponsorship from an active Rotary member. For information about membership in the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa: Contact Wade Drinkard (click to email), Chairman of Membership and Classification at 334-216-1894. Once you have attending several meetings, you will need to fill out an Application for Membership (click link to download) and your Rotary Sponsor will need to fill out a Membership Proposal (click link to download) form.
Attendance Regular attendance at weekly meetings is expected. As successful business and professional people who are in command of their own schedules, Rotarians are expected to make their presence at Tuesday meetings a priority. The Rotary Constitution requires 50 percent minimum attendance with no more than four consecutive unexcused absences. Missed meetings can be made up by attending another Rotary Club, or a designated Rotary activity or committee, within two weeks before or after the absence. An attendance make-up can also be accomplished “online.”
Finances Rotary is a member-supported organization. Initiation fee is $120 (for former Rotarians $30). This is for pro-rated dues to RI and District, publications, etc. Quarterly dues of $175 (payable in advance during the first month of each quarter), include the weekly meals. New members pay the initiation fee with membership application. Pro-rated dues for the current quarter are billed later by the club treasurer.
Rotary’s Four Avenues of Service
- Club Service ensures effective functioning of the club and focuses on fellowship.
- Vocational Service encourages serving others and practicing high ethical standards.
- Community Service promotes projects and activities to improve life in its community.
- International Service expands Rotary’s global reach, promoting world understanding and peace.
Why Be a Rotarian?
- Opportunity to Serve. Rotarians provide service from community to international levels. Members experience fulfillment from giving back to the community.
- Personal Growth and Development. Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development. Organizational planning, team-building, fundraising, and mentoring are just a sampling of the skills that can be enhanced through Rotary.
- Friendship. Fellowship was a primary reason Rotary was started in 1905, and members from multiple businesses and professions greet each other in first-name friendship. Through Rotary a member becomes friends with a broad array of community leaders.
- Professional Networking. A founding principle of Rotary was to provide a forum for professional and business leaders. Rotarians are people who make decisions and influence policy.
- Good Citizenship. Weekly programs keep Rotarians informed about what is taking place in the community, the nation, and the world, making them better citizens.
- Cultural Diversity. Rotary Clubs are open to members of all ethnic, religious, and political groups. They practice and promote tolerance, and Rotarians find instant acceptance and friendship wherever they go.
- Ethical Environment. Promoting high ethical standards has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days. The Rotary 4-Way-Test is four simple questions that encourage truth, fairness, goodwill, and benefit.
- World Understanding. Rotarians gain understanding of humanitarian issues, and have a significant impact through international service projects and exchange programs.
- Entertainment. Rotary events provide diversion from personal and business routines, including fellowship, information, education, and service opportunities.