Who can join the Sunrise Rotary Club?
We welcome all kinds of people to join our club. Our club has members that range in age from 20+ to 80+ and come from many different backgrounds in our community. We have judges, lawyers, school district superintendents, business owners, and professionals from both for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations, doctors, nurses, artists. Many retirees have found our club can bring joy to their long-awaited retirement life.
Any civic-minded individual who is sponsored by an existing member of Sunrise Rotary may be eligible for membership. Sunrise Rotary is currently comprised of individuals from a wide age range and countless occupations, both active and retired.
Why you should join the Sunrise Rotary Club
Sunrise Rotary prides itself on being the largest, most active, fun-loving Rotary club in Bloomington-Normal. All committees are well organized and members are encouraged to get involved in different activities that will serve our club, our community, and the world. Each week members learn something interesting about our community or Rotary, at large, by a speaker who presents a 20-minute program. Once you attend one of our meetings, you will experience the reason why our club attracts and retains new members. Each weekly meeting lasts approximately 60 minutes. We have an important saying in our club, “you’ll get out of Rotary what you put into it.”
What does it cost?
Membership cost includes a one- time $30 initiation fee and $600 in annual dues. After the initial pro-rated induction cost, dues are billed at $300 in January and $300 in July each year. Dues cover the fees to be part of the Rotary District and Rotary International, as well as the cost of the weekly breakfast meeting (location and food).
Apart from dues and the membership setup fee, you are encouraged to contribute at least $100 each year to the Rotary Foundation. Also, our club has a tradition where you are encouraged to donate money on your birthday each year that is equal to or more than your age to our own club foundation. This information will be fully covered with you by a member of the Membership Committee during your orientation.
What are the expectations of me?
In addition to the monetary expectations mentioned above, Sunrise Rotarians are expected to attend at least 50% of our weekly meetings or make up a meeting to maintain a 50% attendance record. Make-up meetings can be as simple as attending a committee meeting or club service event, or participating in a Sunrise Rotary community service activity. Actually, any function where five or more Sunrise Rotarians are present counts as a make-up meeting. Or, you can always attend a weekly Rotary meeting at a different Rotary club to help achieve your 50% monthly attendance goal.
Additionally, we do ask all members to actively participate on one Sunrise Rotary committee, attend at least one club service event annually, and also, help with at least one community service activity annually. Lastly, all Sunrise Rotarians are expected to help with our largest fundraiser, our Brats and Bags event, held the first Friday of August each year.
How to become a Sunrise Rotarian
To become a member, contact an existing Sunrise member and discuss your interest in the club or submit the form below. Officers of our club are listed on this website. All interested parties are required to have a sponsoring member. You will need to attend a Sunrise Rotary meeting three times (pay $10/time at the door) and submit an application for membership to our club. After the application is submitted you will need to sit out for three weeks. During this waiting period our board of directors will review your application. Upon approval, a member of Membership Committee will meet with you for orientation. You will then be notified of the date of your official induction into Sunrise Rotary. It’s that simple. Don’t wait, get started today!