Monday, July 13, 2009

Clubs look for Guidance for Cost of Membership Issues

Some good ideas for clubs with members who are experiencing financial crisis.

1. The Club Board can do what they want as far as club dues. The only mandatory dues for active members are the RI dues and the District dues. They can reduce, defer, or forgive any amount of club dues available. This is preferable because it keeps a valuable Rotarian active in the club.

2. The Club Board can accept a request for a reasonable period of leave of absence from a Rotarian. Most clubs do this in 6 months or less increments. This can alleviate much of the club dues situation, although RI dues and the District dues must still be paid.

3. The Club Board can modify dues for meals, such as opt out, pay as they go, or for "Rule of 85" members.

4. The Club can make an active member an "Honorary Member", and take them off the active member rolls. The only payment required is for the annual Rotarian subscription of $12.00. Honorary members generally do meals on a pay as you go basis. They can still be active in club affairs, but can't vote. The Board can decide other parameters, and they don't count in your membership total.

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