Becoming a Rotarian

Membership in Rotary is a privilege.  From the founding of Rotary in 1904 –a small group of business people who could learn from one another and trust one another –to the present with more than 1,200,000 Rotarians across the globe, it is an honor to be invited to be a Rotarian.

For the past 50 years Rotary has been defined by the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.  The first quality of every Rotarian is to be willing to serve.  That’s why so much of this web site is about service!


Rotarians in San Clemente actively seek men and women who are interested in being of service and want to make their service activities effective.  As individuals are identified, or step forward and introduce themselves, Rotarians in the San Clemente Rotary Club review the individual’s experience and evidence of willingness to be of service.

Early in the membership process, the prospective Rotarian is informed of the responsibilities of every Rotarian.  There is nothing secret about this, but it couldn’t be more serious.  Neither the individual nor the Club is served well when a person intends to be of service but is not in a position to do so.

Membership is open to every creed and background.  There are no religious or other tests.  Rotary asks every Rotarian to include in his or her ethical toolkit the Rotary 4-Way Test:  Of the things we think, say or do

1.       Is it the TRUTH?

2.       Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.       Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4.       Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Not everyone is willing to accept this ethical responsibility.  Rotary is not for everyone.  For those who add Service Above Self and the 4-Way Test to their worldview, the honor of being known as a Rotarian is more than just putting on a pin, it is being trusted by 1.2 million strangers because you are a Rotarian.


Each club is diverse in terms of the business backgrounds of its members.  Unlike many service clubs, Rotarians are identified by a Classification, or kind of work.


After induction into the San Clemente Rotary Club, the member is given a directory with the contact information of their fellow Rotarians and a checklist of short-term activities to help learn more about the San Clemente Rotary Club.  One member of the Membership Committee watches out to be sure that the new members are learning the ropes.


Members who miss a lot of meetings and aren’t active on any of the Service committees will be contacted by a fellow Rotarian to determine the cause of the lack of participation. Our goal is to have every person who is inducted into Rotary to have a lifelong relationship with Rotary and his or her fellow Rotarians.


For additional information, contact Membership chairman:
Lee Van Slyke 949 233-7981,  Email: