The Rotary Club is the basic unit of Rotary activity, and each club determines its own membership. Clubs originally were limited to a single club per city, municipality, or town, but Rotary International has encouraged the formation of additional clubs to create opportunities for service. Most clubs meet weekly, usually at a mealtime on a weekday in a regular location, when Rotarians can enjoy fellowship and hear from a variety of guest speakers.
Each club also conducts various service projects within its local community, with other clubs in the local area, and with clubs around the world. Most clubs also hold social events at least quarterly and in some cases more often.
Each club elects its own president and officers among its active members, serving a one-year term. The governing body of the club is the Club Board, consisting of the President, Vice President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors and Immediate Past President. The President usually appoints the Directors to serve as chairs of the major club committees.
As a Rotarian you are welcome to attend weekly meetings at any Rotary club around the world.
District-supports the Clubs
The District Governor is an officer of Rotary International and represents the RI President and the RI Board of Directors in the field, and lead their respective Rotary District. Our clubs belongs to District 7680, which is comprised of 59 clubs with a total membership of roughly 2,800, residing in 14 counties (from the VA state line to the SC state line, and from Boiling Springs to Hamlet).
Zone-supports the Districts and clubs
The Zone Director serves as a member of the RI Board of Directors, and heads two zones. Our district belongs to Zone 33 which is roughly 33,800 members from 15 districts or 785 clubs in MD, DE, DC, VA, WV, NC, SC and parts of TN. Zone 33 is coupled with Zone 34, which is roughly 32,600 members from 14 districts or 785 clubs in Georgia, Florida, the Caribbean, Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname on the northeast coast of South America.
Note: Zone re-alignment is currently under review, expected to be finalized in 2017-2018, with the intent for all Zones to roughly equal 35,000 Rotarians.
Rotary International-supports the Zones, Districts and Clubs
Rotary International is governed by the Board of Directors composed of the International President, the President-Elect, RI’s General Secretary, and 17 Zone Directors. The International Board meets quarterly to establish policies and make recommendations to the overall governing bodies, the RI Convention and the RI Council on Legislation.
The chief operating officer of RI is the General Secretary, who heads a staff of about 800 working at the international headquarters in Evanston and in seven international offices around the world. There are roughly 1,227,217 Rotarians worldwide from 539 districts or 35,263 clubs in over 200 countries or territories.