The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor is the preeminent service club for professional men and women in Ann Arbor. Service to others and our community has been our mission since the club was founded in 1916.
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor also supports the global effort to eradicate polio worldwide through Rotary International’s End Polio Now program. Our membership now stands at more than 300 members. We are the largest Rotary club in the state of Michigan, and one of the largest of 34,500 Rotary clubs worldwide.
More about the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor
“Service Above Self” and “One Profits Most Who Serves Best”
A One-Sentence Definition of Rotary
An organization of business and professional people united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Object of Rotary
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- The application of the ideal of service in every Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Rotary’s Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Five Avenues of Service
Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, Youth Service, and International Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstones and the foundation of club activity.
Fifteen charter members founded our Club in 1916, only 11 years after the first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago. Our membership now stands at over 325 members. We are one of 34,500 Rotary clubs worldwide; only about 32 of those clubs are larger than ours and ours is the largest in Michigan.
Luncheon meetings are held every Wednesday in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union. There are no meetings the week of Art Fair and the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 am; the business portion of the meeting starts at 12:25 pm. and includes an inspirational thought, introduction of guests and visiting Rotarians, songs, and reports from the President and committees on projects and programs. Weekly guest speakers present a program that ends at 1:30 pm.
Our Club recognizes that Rotarians are busy people, so we’ve created lots of ways to be active in Rotary. Attending Club meetings is part of participation, and so is volunteering on a project, working on club administration and leadership, or joining social activities. Traveling Rotarians are urged to visit one of the 34,500 Rotary clubs worldwide, a special privilege of Rotary membership!
Club dues of $350 are billed in May ($150 for members under 40), and a $200 Community Services Assessment is billed in December of each year. In 1986, our 70th Anniversary, the club established an endowment fund with $70,000 raised as the initial corpus. As of June 30, 2014, assets and bequests totaled over $1,900,000. The purpose of the endowment is to improve the quality of life in the Ann Arbor area by providing funds to community groups and scholarships to deserving students.
Governance & Committees
Every member is encouraged to participate in one of our many committees and initiatives. Committees include, but are not limited to, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service, Program, Attendance/Invocation, Music, Community Spotlight, Club Directory, Membership Development, Rotaract, Special Events, Harpoon, Public Relations, Bowling, Social, and Rotary Tutors. The Club elects four officers (president, vice- president, secretary, treasurer) annually. The immediate past president also serves on the Board. The vice-president serves as president in the succeeding year.
Throughout the year, members enjoy special activities and social gatherings arranged by the Club. An executive briefing tour of downtown Detroit, a picnic to launch fundraising for the Rotary Centennial Accessible Playground at Gallup Park, a tour of Underground Railroad sites in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, a festive luncheon meeting with a Big Band from a local high school–each provides time for members to get to know each other better and experience a new aspect of our community.