The Rotary Club of Healdsburg is expanding our membership and we’re looking for a few good men and women.
 
We are comprised of business and civic professionals who care about their community, and are committed to helping make Healdsburg a better place to live.  We raise funds for community projects and organizations, and we pitch in wherever we may be needed.
 
We’re also a social organization.  We meet on Mondays for lunch, fellowship, and to listen to engaging speakers.  We hold numerous social events throughout the year including wine-tastings, picnics, BBQs, etc.  We work hard and we play hard, always wanting to have fun as we support the community.
 
Prospective members must:
• Hold - or be retired from - a professional, proprietary, executive, or managerial position;
• Have the capacity to meet the club's weekly attendance and community project participation requirements;
• Live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding area.  Club tradition limits
membership to those who have lived or worked in the community at least a year.
 
Membership Process
A person being considered for membership is invited by a member and potential sponsor to attend club meetings to learn about Rotary.  This period gives the prospective member the opportunity to see the club at work and determine if he or she wishes to apply.  The prospective member will be introduced at the meeting as a guest. Protocol is to introduce the prospect as “my guest,” never as a “prospective member,” because not all prospects choose to apply for membership, nor are all prospects accepted for membership.  Prospective members may not attend more than four meetings unless they are approved for membership.  In practice this means the prospect should be proposed for membership after the third or fourth meeting in order to be considered a prospective member.  During the process of completing a membership application the prospective member will meet with their sponsor and one or more additional Rotarians to discuss the responsibilities and expectations of Rotary membership.  The sponsor submits the completed application form to the Club's membership committee.
 

For the Prospective Member:

Be prepared to provide the following:
Name of sponsor
Professional capacity, duties and qualifications
Length of time living and working in the community in which Healdsburg Rotary is active
Be prepared to devote the time required to complete the application process
 

For the Sponsor:

Be prepared to:
Discuss the financial and time commitments of the club with the prospective member
Determine the prospective member’s suitability for the club
Present the prospective member as your guest at up to four regular club meetings
Assist in completion and submittal of the prospective member’s application form
Represent the member before the Membership Committee
Devote time required to acquaint the prospective member with the club and make him or her comfortable
Speak before the club and advocate for the prospective member
 
An individual who is interested in membership, but who doesn't know any Rotarians, may contact the Club directly. The Rotary Club of Healdsburg meets every Monday at noon at Tayman Park Golf Club, 927 S. Fitch Mountain Rd.  Additional information can be found on the web at:  www.healdsburgrotary.org
 
Classifications
Rotary uses a classification system to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the community's business, vocational, and professional interests.  This system is based on the founders' paradigm of choosing cross-representation of each business, profession, and institution within a community.
 
A classification describes either the principal business or the professional service of the organization for which the Rotarian works or the Rotarian's own activity within that organization.  Some examples of classifications include: high school principal, university administrator, eye surgery, banking, pharmaceutical retailing, petroleum-distribution, insurance agency, community relations, marketing, newspaper publisher and so on.
 
Application Processing
The application process takes approximately two months.  The prospective member should be a guest at up to three regular meetings before being proposed.  The three need not be consecutive; no time limit is set on attendance at these meetings.
 
During the process of completing a membership application the prospective member will meet with their sponsor and one or more additional Rotarians to discuss the responsibilities and expectations of Rotary membership.  The prospective new member’s completed application is then submitted to the Membership Committee by the sponsoring Rotarian.  The Membership Committee meets the week prior to the Board meeting.  The Membership Committee submits an approved application to the Board of Directors.  
 
If approved by the Board, the new member’s information is then circulated to all club members via the “Voice Of the Vineyards”.  If, after 10 days, no objections have been received, the prospective member is presented to the club at a regular meeting and given a temporary identification badge - the COG Club badge.  Payment of appropriate fees is made at this time.
 
 
Rotary Club of Healdsburg
P.O. Box 671
Healdsburg, CA 95448