Candidates for membership into The Rotary Club of Frederick may be proposed by a member(s) in good standing, and are vetted through a 3-step process. Candidates for membership should be adult (age 21 or older) persons of good character and good business and professional reputation who:
(a) Are a proprietor, partner, corporate officer or manager of any worthy and recognized business or profession.
(b) Hold an important position in any worthy and recognized business or profession, or any branch or agency in which he or she has executive capacity and discretionary authority.
(c) Are retired from any position listed in (a) and (b) above.
(d) Have their places of business or residence located in Frederick or the surrounding area.
Past volunteer service and community commitment are weighed heavily during the review process.
Note: Because Rotary demands active participation from all members, candidates for membership are typically not members of other service clubs.
A person being proposed for membership should attend a meeting or two. Sponsors pay for the prospective member’s lunch, introduce him or her to other members informally and to the group at large during the designated time.
To propose a new member, download a New-Member-Proposal-Form, complete it with the nominee, and email it to the Chair of the Membership Development Committee for review. You will need at least one co-sponsor; two co-sponsors if you are proposing a member of your own family.
Prospective members are reviewed by the Membership Development Committee, the Board of Directors and the general membership. If and when a candidate is approved by all three (3) groups, the Club Secretary will inform the Membership Committee Chair. The Membership Committee Chair will inform the approved candidate, his or her sponsors and any other Rotarians involved in his or her orientation and induction.