“There is nothing more rewarding – or exciting – than being a part of something bigger than yourself.”
If you’re interested in getting involved in the Denver community in a meaningful and rewarding way, then look no further. By joining the Rotary Club of Denver you are choosing to meet and work alongside some of Denver’s most respected leaders. You will be given opportunities to learn, develop and grow both personally and professionally, while having fun and making a measurable impact on local and global communities.
Please join us for at an upcoming meeting on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. At the Denver Athletic Club, located at 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver CO 80204. Click here to let us know you are coming.
Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifies someone to join Rotary?
A prospective member must be in good standing in the community and be a business owner, an executive, manage their own time, or be in a managerial position to be eligible for membership.
What do I need to do to become a member?
To join, you must have a sponsor. Your sponsor will invite you to a lunch meeting where you can meet other Rotarians and experience a Rotary meeting. If you do not currently know any Rotarians, please contact the VP of Membership for help securing a sponsor.
What is the new member process?
Your sponsor will ask you to complete a member application and return it, along with the initiation fee, to the Rotary Club of Denver office. You will be notified by email once the office receives your application. Your application is then submitted to the Membership Committee for review, and your name is shared with all members in our weekly newsletter. If the Membership Committee does not receive any objections, your application is then submitted to the board of directors for approval at the next scheduled meeting.
You are notified immediately once your membership is approved. Your sponsor will introduce you to club members during the next regular Thursday club lunch meeting that works for you both. At this meeting, you will receive a new member packet with information about the club, as well as your name badge.
Is there any type of orientation for new members?
Absolutely! We are committed to helping new members become fully acquainted with the Rotary organization and your fellow members. Our club’s new member orientation takes place in three parts:
- Evening social gathering (with your spouse/partner, if desired) where you meet other new members
- Personal meeting with an ambassador, or your sponsor, to help you understand club operations and expectations and to get engaged in our club’s programs/committees
- Meeting with a past president or other club leadership
- Participation in a one hour Club orientation presentation, held prior to a regular Thursday luncheon
Where are Club 31 meetings held?
The Rotary Club of Denver meets each Thursday at the Denver Athletic Club, 4th Floor Grand Ballroom, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver 80204. The meeting is a luncheon held from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Occasionally, we will meet offsite at another location.
Our Evening Meetings are held from 5:00 to 6:15 pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Irish Snug, 1201 E. Colfax, Denver 80218 (appetizers provided – cash bar).
What are the financial obligations of Rotary membership?
Active Members of Rotary Club of Denver must pay an initiation fee and quarterly dues, which include dues to our Rotary district, Rotary International and Club 31. Because members are expected to attend weekly club meetings, the cost of lunches is included in membership dues. In addition, each member is encouraged to contribute a minimum of $100 each year to both the Denver Rotary Club Foundation and The Rotary Foundation. We ask that members also support our annual fundraiser with their time, silent auction donations and/or by purchasing an event ticket. In August, members may get involved in our annual peach sale by helping on pick-up day or by selling/purchasing boxes of peaches.
In addition, our Club also offers a new Active Evening membership for those who cannot commit to a regular weekly luncheon meeting and are looking for an alternative bi-monthly evening meeting format. Click Here to learn more.
Does Rotary have minimum attendance requirements?
To remain in good standing, Rotary expects that you attend at least 50% of scheduled meetings. Attendance at regularly scheduled committee meetings, board meetings, new member orientations, club social functions all count as meetings.
Are prospective members ever turned down?
Prospective members can be turned down because the membership committee or the board of directors believes that he/she does not meet the qualifications for membership. If this happens, the club returns initiation fees to the prospective member.
"As a young man, I was given the opportunity to become the first American to study at the prestigious Conservatory of Music in Szeged, Hungary. I was thrilled; yet, I had no idea how I could possibly fund it. I worked for Tom Berry and his wife Betty as a landscaper between college semesters. Tom, a respected Rotarian in Salisbury, MD, invited me to share my story with his club. After doing so, I was asked to leave the room. When I came back in, I learned that they had “passed a hat” and within that hat I found a huge chunk of my tuition and my first experience with Rotary. I was speechless. Thanks to Tom Berry, I am a Rotarian for life! Many think that you have to be wealthy to be in Rotary, but the reality is that you don’t. You need to come with an intention to serve your community. That service could be through monetary gifts, but equally valuable is the gift of time or your good ideas."
"If you want to further your professional contacts and/or help the world be a better place, Rotary, in particular Denver Club 31, is the place for you. During my two years as a member, I have already co-chaired and chaired our World Community Service Committee. Through my experiences I have gained a new perspective on the needs of people from other countries – especially when it comes to education, water and sanitation and basic human needs. I feel incredibly proud of our work, and seeing what our club has accomplished – in conjunction with Rotary International – is truly amazing!"