Why Join Rotary

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Membership in a Rotary club is by invitation only. We want to make sure you join a club that best fits your passion and perspective. We can connect you with a club that's right for you and make it easy to get involved and on your way to membership immediately.

Who can join?

We're looking for people who want to give back to their communities.

Rotary clubs also welcome Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows, and other members of the family of Rotary who qualify for membership.

How can I become a member?

Clubs accept new members by invitation. To help us find the right club for you, we'll ask you a few questions about yourself and your interests. Then we'll share your answers with Rotary leaders in your community who will match you with a club.

What are the benefits?

Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings and events, you'll:

  • Discuss your community's needs and develop creative ways to meet them
  • Connect with other leaders who are changing the world
  • Expand your leadership and professional skills
  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones

Other benefits of membership include:

Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefits program, which offers discounts on products and services. It's Rotary's way of helping our members spend less so they can do more.

The Rotary International Convention is our biggest event of the year. Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention each year to celebrate our successes and make plans for the future.

Rotary Fellowships give members the chance to join a group of people who share similar interests, hobbies, or vocations. Some groups use their fellowship to make a positive difference.

Rotarian Action Groups unite Rotary members, family members, program participants and alumni who share their expertise in particular fields by collaborating with clubs and districts on projects.

Rotary Membership

Ronnie Davis, District 7620
Membership Chair

Ask any Rotarian what makes Rotary so special and they will tell you a variety of reasons of why they joined and why they stay.  This includes: friendship, giving back to the community, leadership opportunities, connecting professionally, and being a part of something bigger than themselves. What it all leads back to is doing something positive in our communities and in the world.  The Southern Harford County Rotary Club provides funding for local non-profits, as well as giving back in many ways that personally touch those in need in our community through service projects and volunteering.

Membership is the core of Rotary International.  From clubs in over 200 countries and membership of over 2.3 million, Rotary has the respect of the world.  When there is a need in the world, Rotary is one of the first service organizations there to lend a helping hand; whether it is through providing shelter to those who have lost theirs, or going into countries to vaccinate against polio, to building wells to provide clean water in areas that do not have that precious resource. 

Rotary focuses on the following in various ways: from basic education and literacy;  to helping mothers and children; to disease prevention; to clean water and sanitation; to economic and community development ; and to peace and conflict prevention/resolution. 

Within the Rotary organization, you connect with people.  You make a difference in your community and the world. Go ahead, ask a Rotarian about Rotary and why it is important in their life.

What's expected of me?

As a club member, you will be asked to:

  • Pay club dues
  • Attend meetings and events
  • Use your professional skills and talents to make a difference

Member Application

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Southern Harford County Rotary Club, download, complete, and return the membership application (pdf) and return to a club member. Please include a $50 application fee, which will be processed upon acceptance into the Southern Harford County Rotary club.