Rotary Club of Marquette Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rotary?

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. There are 34,000 Rotary Clubs throughout the world. Clubs meet weekly for fellowship and a meal and an informative program. Clubs also identify opportunities for service projects in their communities and throughout the world, often partnering with other clubs to plan and execute them. Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self, and Rotarians pursue Five Areas of Service: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and Next Generations. Belonging to a Rotary Club is a great way to make new friends while doing good in the world. It provides a wonderful platform for service minded individuals to bring their energy and ideas for service and make them happen.

What about Rotary in Marquette?

There are three Rotary clubs in Marquette, and they all belong to Rotary International. A member of one club is welcome to attend meetings at other clubs, and the three clubs often coordinate projects or events. The Rotary Club of Marquette meets Mondays at noon at the Holiday Inn. The Rotary West Club meets Wednesdays at noon at the Landmark Inn. The Marquette Breakfast Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 7:30am at Northern Michigan University.

Who can join the Rotary?

Membership is open to service minded individuals who live or work in the Marquette area or have another connection to our community and are interested in making new friends while doing good in the world. Members include local business owners, service providers, educators, community and non-profit leaders, volunteers and others interested in making our community and the world a better place.

What are the obligations of membership?

Members are encouraged to regularly attend our weekly meetings and to find ways to participate in the club’s activities. However, there is no strict attendance requirement, and we understand that we all have very busy schedules and many demands on our time. New members may get involved by suggesting great speakers for our weekly meetings, by helping with club administration and public relations, by serving on our membership committee, serving on planning committees for our major projects, by participating in our occasional hands-on service opportunities and by financially supporting the club’s projects. Everyone has their own particular passions and talents, so no two Rotarians participate in exactly the same way, but all members are expected to participate in some way.

What does it cost to be a member?

Costs vary among clubs. Membership dues for the Rotary Club of Marquette are $68.50 per quarter, which includes Rotary International dues and District dues.  Members are also billed quarterly for weekly meals ($10.25 per meal which includes gratuity). Members are also expected to financially support the club’s and Rotary International’s charitable works, as their circumstances permit. Rotarians are expected to make an annual contribution to The Rotary Foundation (TRF); we call this Every Rotarian Every Year, in support of TRF’s humanitarian and educational programs (a $100 donation is suggested, but more or less is acceptable). We also expect our members will financially support the service and charitable projects of our Club.

What are the club’s service and charitable projects?

Our service projects and charitable contributions change over time, as new members bring new ideas to the club and as needs within the community are identified. The Rotary Club of Marquette raises money through:

  • Lumberjack Pancake Breakfast on Super Bowl Sunday
  • Rotary Golf Outing the second Thursday in June
  • Fourth of July Fireworks wristband sales and 50/50 raffle
  • Other events as opportunities arise

During 2015/2016 the Rotary Club of Marquette provided approximately $70,000 in support of worthy community causes.  Club members also volunteer their time for the good of the community.  A short list of our support over the past several years includes:

  • The YMCA of Marquette County
  • The Women’s Center
  • Graveraet Elementary (our adopted school)
  • Bay Cliff Health Camp
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honor Flight
  • Middle school and high school robotics teams
  • JJ Packs and CatPacks meal packing for children who would not otherwise eat on weekends
  • Presque Isle Bog Walk
  • Special Olympics
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • STEM programming for girls through AAUW
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • National Association of Mental Illness – Marquette/Alger Chapter
  • Peter White Public Library family reading program
  • Teaching Family Homes ropes course
  • Scholarships for graduating seniors to continue their studies academically and vocationally
  • And many more

 In support of International peace and understanding, the Rotary Club of Marquette supports:

  • Rotary Youth Exchange – both inbound and outbound students
  • End Polio Now
  • A project in Guatemala that helps families learn and sustain health, safety, family farming, and business
  • Marquette Sister Cities Partnership
  • And more

How do I apply for membership?

We invite you to visit our club as a guest. If you decide you would like to become a member, you and your sponsor will complete the membership application that is available on our web site. After your application is reviewed by our membership committee and board, club members will be given a “seven day notice” to comment on the application.  Your membership is finalized after this comment period.  A representative of our membership committee, or your sponsor, will contact you notifying you that your application has been approved, and inviting you to your first “official’ meeting, at which time you will be inducted into the club.

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