The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor is the preeminent service club for service-minded individuals 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 and malaria worldwide through Rotary International’s End Polio Now and Rotarian Malaria Partners programs. Our membership now stands at more than 250 members. We are one of the largest Rotary clubs in the state of Michigan and among the 35,000 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 service-minded individuals 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 300 members. We are one of 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide with over 1.2 million members.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings are held every Wednesday on Zoom. A “social hour” begins at 12:00pm, and business runs from 12:30-1:30pm. At each meeting, we have a special guest speaker, who often begins their presentation at 1:00pm.
Normally, luncheon meetings are held every Wednesday at The Michigan Union, Anderson Room, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI. There are no meetings the week of Art Fair and the weeks of Thanksgiving, 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. Dynamic weekly guest speakers, including world-renowned researchers, business leaders, civic leaders, present a program that ends at 1:30 pm.
An alternative meeting format is now offered through the RCAA Satellite (not active during the COVID-19 pandemic). Evening meetings are held every other Tuesday from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (social hour begins at 5:30 pm) at The Pretzel Bell, 226 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Drinks and food may be purchased from the restaurant by each attendee. These meetings are more informal than the Wednesday luncheon meetings and will initially be focused on learning about Rotary, RCAA, and how you can give back to the community through participation in RCAA Satellite. Meetings commenced on July 16th, 2019, but were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, we offer Rotarians @ Glacier Hills meetings at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community every 3rd Friday of the month (except for July, August, and December). Doors open at 9:45 am for cookies, coffee, and chatting, and business portion runs from 10-11 am. These have also been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check our calendar for all upcoming meetings.
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 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, a special privilege of Rotary membership!
Club dues are billed in the Spring and are $380, $350 for members over the age of 70, and $230 for members under the age of 40. A Community Services Assessment of $200 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, 2019, assets and bequests totaled over $2,000,000. 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, mentoring through the STRIVE program, Reading and Tutoring, Peace, Anti-Racism, Attendance/Inspiration, Music, Membership Development, Rotaract, Special Events, Public Image, Website, Bowling, and Social. Engagement in committees is a wonderful way to build fellowship and develop skills. 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. Some examples of previous social events include 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. We also gather on a regular basis, including regular social hours, to build fellowship and friendships within our membership. Each opportunity provides time for members to get to know each other better and experience a new aspect of our community.