Passport Clubs

Purpose of a Passport Club

  • Attract new and returning members to Rotary who have difficulty attending weekly meetings.
  • Invite people who have a TRUE PASSION for making a difference in their community through service.
  • Reduce the time a Rotaractor transitions to Rotary membership.
  • Retain members where expense is a drawback to joining or continuing Rotary.
  • Support existing Clubs in their “Service Above Self” community projects with additional resources.

How it Operates

  • Passport Club is initially sponsored by an existing Rotary Club of their choosing who agrees to serve as a “sponsor” Club.
  • Passport Club has only four business meetings/year, once per quarter.
  • During the other 8 months, they will have a meeting with a partner Club.
    (If applicable, guest/meal fee should be paid by attendees)
  • Have a social (i.e., Happy Hour) meeting each month at various locations.
  • Members can also attend any other meeting of any Club in the District that may be convenient for their schedule.
  • Members are REQUIRED to commit to 40 hours of service each year through projects, fundraisers and/or supporting other non-profit organizations.
  • All partner Clubs in the District are requested to email their upcoming projects/fundraisers to the Passport Club President and Secretary. These events will be posted on the Passport Club calendar so all members can pick which projects/events fit their schedules.

Expectations

  • If the 40-hour service commitment is not feasible due to other personal time commitments, the Passport Club member would consider donating to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) each year.
    (suggested amount is $250)
  • Passport Club members are responsible for paying Rotary International and District 7450 dues (currently $149.16 a year). Additional Club dues may apply.
  • Members also encouraged to  donate a minimum of $10 per month to the Rotary International Foundation through Rotary Direct.
  • The Passport Club will have a President, Immediate Past-President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Club Secretary, Treasurer and additional Directors.
  • The Passport Club will also have a Service Director who will record each member’s service hours each month.
  • Induction of new members can be performed at any time.

This is a Club idea that can be tweaked to fit what works for our District but the framework is solid and proven successful in its first year of existence.

“This is an innovative approach to membership and you have to shoot to score”.

John Hewko – Rotary International Secretary (March 2016)