Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chambers of Commerce as Rotary Membership Development Resource

Below is an interesting series of emails regarding associating with your local Chamber of Commerce for Membership Development purposes.

Rtn. Bob,

Short of club membership in the Chamber (which runs afoul of the Code of Policies), I think hosting or sponsoring a Chamber event is a GREAT way to promote the vocational aspect of Rotary AND to keep an eye out for community leaders who want an avenue to serve. We have to maintain a balanced approach. We want community leaders who are not so busy with other civic obligations that they can't spend adequate time serving through Rotary, conversely it seems as if the busy people are the ones who get things done! Good luck on this new connection. Please keep me informed on how it goes.


PDG Bevin Wall
Zone 33 Regional RI Membership Coordinator 2008-09

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Stinson
To: Bevin Wall
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 6:44 PM
Subject: Fw: Rotary: Chamber of commerce

One of the potential sources of new members mention during our session in Evanston was joining the Chamber of Commerce and having a Rotary sponsored event. The South Brunswick Island Club is considering joining the Chamber and will be debating the subject at our Board Meeting on Monday. We are aware that there are several Clubs in the Myrtle Beach Area who have joined their Chamber.

What is you advise?

Bob Stinson
----- Original Message -----
From: Denny Jordan
To: Bob Stinson
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 4:12 PM
Subject: FW: Rotary: Chamber of commerce

From: Krista Batey [] Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 12:37 PMTo: djcoastal@atmc.netSubject: Rotary: Chamber of commerceImportance: High

Dear Denny,
In regard to your question about Rotary clubs joining a chamber of commerce, the Rotary Code of Policies states the following:
11.040.1. Clubs Not to Assume Membership in Other Organizations
A club should not become a member of or assume obligations of membership in any other organization. (November 2004 Mtg., Bd. Dec. 59)
This board decision was made in an effort to ensure that each Rotarian's and the club's relationship with or link to with Rotary International remains as direct and "pure" as possible, and so that Rotarians are not faced with the potential problem of being obligated to adhere to the rules or policies or two different organizations. Please note that individual Rotarians are not prohibited from joining the chamber of commerce should they wish to do so, and that every member of your club has the ability to join should he or she wish to become a member. However, as you can see from the Rotary Code of Policies above, clubs are asked to refrain from joining other organizations as a corporate entity.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Krista Batey, CoordinatorClub and District SupportSouthern Pan AmericaTel.: 1-847-866-3188Fax:
From: EBHALLE []Sent: Thursday, 17 April, 2008 6:23 PMTo: Council ServicesSubject: Chamber of commerce
May a club be a member of commerce.??/

Earl Halle
Oldsmar/Eastlake D-6950

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