From The ABC’s of Rotary…
Regular attendance is essential to a strong and active Rotary Club. The emphasis on attendance is traced back to 1922, when RI announced a worldwide attendance contest that motivated thousands of Rotarians to achieve 100% attendance year after year. Many Rotarians take great pride in maintaining their 100% record in their own club or by making up at other Rotary club meetings.
Rotary e-clubs make it easy for members to make up meetings online. To earn an attendance credit, Rotarians log on to an e-club’s website, read online material on a range of subjects, post comments, and submit a form to the club secretary. Find a complete list of Rotary e-clubs and the languages “spoken” at www.rotary.org.
Although the RI Bylaws require members to attend only 50% of all meetings, many clubs encourage more frequent attendance because the absence of any member deprives the club of the value of its diversi?ed membership, the contributions of all members to ongoing club projects, and the personal fellowship of each member. The club’s board of directors may determine appropriate reasons for excusing absences.
The RI Board of Directors approved the Meeting Frequency pilot (2007-13), which allows participating clubs to meet on any schedule other than a weekly meeting. If the pilot clubs prove successful, the Council on Legislation could adopt policies making
these innovations permanent.
If you have any questions about Campbell Rotary attendance requirements, please email President John Shannon.
More Rotary Firsts…
- The First Rotary Convention held outside the U.S. was in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1921.
- The First head of state to address an RI Convention was U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1923 at St. Louis, Missouri.
- The First Rotary club banner (from the Houston Space Center Rotary club) to orbit the moon was carried by astronaut club member Frank Borman on the Apollo 8 ?ight in 1968.
- Rotary first established Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 1957 for contributors of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.