|Community Paul Harris Fellowship|
by Zeiders, Erica
Have someone you'd like to nominate?
It is time to nominate the next Community Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Flint seeks to honor a non-Rotarian community member who most emulates Paul Harris through their actions. Paul Harris founded Rotary International in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois. His initial goal was to create a club of professional and business men for “friendship and fellowship”. The club soon found that “friendship and fellowship” was not enough, and they embarked on their first service project, the construction of public toilets in Chicago. Paul Harris’ legacy is most easily described via the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self”. The deadline for nominations is May 3, 2013. Nominations can be submitted to Julie Princinsky at email@example.com or 810-766-4036. All nominations should included the nominee’s name, the nominator’s name, and a one-page or less description of why they are being nominated.
|Have you decided who you'll invite?|
by Zeiders, Erica
For the past few weeks, David Smith has been challenging us to think of who we can invite to join our incredible club. He has challenged us to find another member to hold us accountable to naming a person we feel we can ask to join us in our goals of eradicating polio and supporting world peace. At this past week's meeting, a question was posed regarding the rules and regulations of membership. Below is the portion of the Rotary International constitution that includes the membership by-laws. Please take a look at it if you are concerned about whether the potential member you have in mind would be eligible for membership. The full constitution can be downloaded from the "Download" section on the home page.
Article 5 Membership
Section 1 How Constituted. The membership of RI shall consist of clubs which continue to perform the obligations as set forth in this constitution and the bylaws.
Section 2 Composition of Clubs.
(a) A club shall be composed of active members each of whom shall be an adult person of good character and good business, professional and/or community reputation,
(1) engaged as a proprietor, partner, corporate officer, or manager of any worthy and recognized business or profession; or
(2) holding any important position in any worthy and recognized business or profession or any branch or agency thereof and have executive capacity with discretionary authority; or
(3) having retired from any position listed in sub-subsection (1) or (2) of this subsection; or
(4) being a community leader who has demonstrated through personal involvement in community affairs a commitment to service and the Object of Rotary; or
(5) having the status of Rotary Foundation alumnus as defined by the board and having his or her place of business or residence located in the locality of the club or the surrounding area. An active member moving from the locality of the club or the surrounding area may retain membership in the club where the member's board grants such permission and said active member continues to meet all conditions of club membership.
(b) Each club shall have a well-balanced membership in which no one business, profession or type of community service predominates. The club shall not elect a person to active membership from a classification if the club already has five or more members from that classification, unless the club has more than 50 members, in which case the club may elect a person to active membership in a classification so long as it will not result in the classification making up more than 10 percent of the club's active membership. Members who are retired shall not be included in the total number of members in a classification. The classification of a transferring or former member of a club, or a Rotary Foundation alumnus as defined by the board, shall not preclude election to active membership even if the election results in club membership temporarily exceeding the above limitations. If a member changes classification, the club may continue the member's membership under the new classification notwithstanding these limitations.