Rotary Club of Niwot
Rotary Club of
Rotary strives to have a
diverse membership to promote full interaction with the
local and international communities. It uses an approach
of classification of members' business or profession to
actively search for variety in membership. It is NOT
meant to be used to limit membership, but to identify
additional talents, skills, and people that could
contribute to the club and community. In the modern
world, Rotary, and particularly a small club such as
Niwot's, can get rather inventive of categories, as
needed, to grow the membership to vibrant and active
support levels and to encourage the networking and
cooperation for our work.
Principle (from The ABCs of Rotary by C. L.
Membership in Rotary is
based on the "principal or recognized business or
profession of the firm, company, or institution" with
which a member is connected. But the classification is
determined by the activities or services to society the
member performs, not the job title. For example, a
member is not classified as "bank president", but would
be classified as in the profession of "banking".
In Rotary, "The
classification principle is a necessary concept in
ensuring that each Rotary club represents a
cross-section of the business and professional service
of the community."
Women in Rotary
Until the late 1980's,
Rotary was a men-only organization. In 1987, California
club challenged that limitation and was successful. In
1989 RI changed their constitution to eliminate the
"male only" provision and since then many women have
become Rotarians and equally enjoy the rewards of
service and club comradeship.
(More on the history and
operations of Rotary International and local clubs can
be found at the Rotary links in the column to the left.)