Joining Rotary Club of Wellington
So you want to make a real difference
Good! And thank you for your interest in the Rotary Club of Wellington.
Like you, our members are committed to making positive changes in our community.
The Rotary Club of Wellington, chartered in 1921, is a club of 120 women and men who give as much as we receive from life, part of the 1.2 million strong global Rotary community building a better world. We range from early career professionals to people leading in publicly listed companies. From folk in their 20s to those well into gold card age. From broadcasters, small business owners, public servants (this is Wellington after all), chief executives, consultants, diplomats, company directors, academics.
We offer three types of membership: Individual, Family and Corporate.
How do we make a difference?
Have a look through the club’s website, starting with the About page, for more information about our current projects and past contributions. Our motto is Service Before Self and we focus on serving our local, national and international communities.
Being a Rotarian will connect you with a diverse group of people who are committed to giving back. The common factor is that we’re passionate about using our skills, experience and networks to make a difference, and we’re prepared to tackle multiple causes in diverse ways – from tree planting, or rolling up our sleeves for a fundraiser, to taking on governance of major national projects.
As well as opportunities for service, developing friendships and networking, becoming a member can help your personal and professional development around leadership, public speaking and communication, organisation and planning, team building, governance, funds management, fundraising and more.
If this all sounds like a lot – well it is! There are few places where you can experience such diverse opportunities for making a contribution to your community and shaping the future.
What can Rotary membership mean for you? The joy of working and socializing with people who are interested in others, is at the heart of Rotary itself.
We expect all our members to apply Rotary’s Four Way Test, measuring everything Rotarians do by the standards of truthfulness, fairness, goodwill and benefit to all.
How we contribute is flexible – there are no attendance requirements, and many options.
- Make it along to lunch or “after 5” meetings when you can, as these allow you to meet fellow club members, hear interesting speakers, and take along guests.
- Participate via service projects, fundraising, and practical contributions.
- Lunch meetings are held on the first, second and third Mondays of each month from late January to early December at the James Cook. The fourth Monday takes the form of an “after 5” event at the Wellington Club.
- Social events also feature, from wine tasting to walks and arts events.
What matters most is that you connect as your schedule allows. You take out what you put in. We all learn from each other. There will be somebody in the club who will know the answer to your question, be that leadership, public speaking, running meetings or more. There will be meaningful projects that call on your talents and skills.
The basic costs of Rotary Club membership cover the club’s running costs, our Rotary International levy, and a district levy. In 2019, these add up to around $50 a month – less than the cost of a few coffees per week. There is an initial joining fee of $50. Meeting costs range from $15 for after 5 events, to $27 for buffet lunches. You’re also invited to make a small donation to the “sunshine box” during weekly sessions but these, and other donations to our charitable activities, at are your choosing.
Reach out to learn more
The club welcomes enquiries and applications from new members, so reach out to us to learn more.
Fill in this form to be contacted with information about upcoming activities. Speak with a club member (if you know one). We welcome potential members at our events, and look forward to any questions you may have about joining.
When you decide to apply, you’ll need two club members to act as your sponsors, and applications are reviewed by the Board and club members. When you join, you will be given active support, plenty of information about opportunities to join in, and a warm welcome to the club. Your name badge and Rotary lapel pin will serve as a passport to Rotary activities around the world.