Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is Rotary?
A: Rotary is a 1.2 million member service organization comprised of neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. You may have seen the Rotary wheel before! As an organization, Rotary has been around for over a hundred years and exists in over 180 countries. Every Rotary club operates differently from the next one. Our club is a Rotary club that holds weekly meetings online, but meets up in-person for service projects and socials. Think of us as a progressive hybrid club, catering to busy working professionals and travelers. If you haven’t yet, please come check out one of our meetings by clicking on the “Attend Meeting” button on the top of this website!
Q: What is the difference between the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley and traditional brick-and-mortar Rotary Clubs?
A: Every Rotary Club has its own culture, created by its members. Traditional Rotary Clubs meet in-person at a brick-and-mortar shop (i.e. restaurant or bar) on a regular basis. Our eClub holds its regular meetings online through Google Hangouts. These online meetings are recorded for members who cannot make the meeting time, and it is available to be watched throughout the week. This makes the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley one of the most practical clubs to join for any individual with a busy schedule or for anyone who would have trouble making a scheduled meeting every week.
Q: How do your members connect with each other if you don’t meet in-person every week?
A: We have members local in the Silicon Valley and as far as Africa. Our membership is also diverse in age and profession. This means that having everyone meet up every week isn’t always possible. Instead, our members take advantage of technology to connect with one and another. In addition to our weekly online meetings, our club also holds in-person service projects and socials in the San Francisco bay area on a monthly basis. We also have online social opportunities for our members to network together.
Q: How much are your membership dues?
A: Every Rotary club has different dues. Our membership dues are USD$150 every 6 months or USD$28 per month if you opt into our monthly installment plan. About half of the membership dues we collect every year goes directly to Rotary International and to our local Rotary District. The remaining amount goes to fund member benefits and club operations.
Q: What are the benefits of joining your club instead of just lurking and viewing your meetings?
A: We understand that in today’s world there are hundreds of different organizations and forces that pull you in multiple directions. Membership to our club is all about working to empower our members to become more active citizens in their communities. Beyond our club meetings being open to the public and providing inspirational content on a weekly basis, we provide exclusive networking opportunities and grants to our members.
For example, our club members are eligible annually for a Leadership Development Grant and a Min-E Grant. The Leadership Development Grant provides up to USD$150 per member per year as a reimbursement to cover registration for leadership development conferences that the member wants to attend, such as Rotary Conferences or Rotary Conventions. The Min-E Grants are matching service grants of up to USD$250 that members can apply for from our club and receive. Min-E Grants are meant to give members who want to help lead a local service project in their community the resources they need to succeed. If you’re doing the math, you’ll notice that an actively engaged member can receive more money from grants than their annual membership dues. We believe that having a positive return on your investment is one of the reasons why it makes sense to pay for membership dues.
In addition to the grants, there are member only networking opportunities with other members. We also offer assistance connecting members with other Rotarians around the world when you are traveling. It’s a great way to meet locals wherever you end up traveling to. Our members also receive a monthly print magazine called The Rotarian Magazine, as well as access to hundreds of different discounts with merchants like Hilton, Disneyland, Hertz, and many more!
Q: How can I join? What are the requirements?
A: Once you have completed at least four of our online meetings (and submitted attendance forms for each one) within a two month period, you are eligible to apply for membership! You can apply at www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/join. Please note we strongly recommend that you attend at least four weeks of meetings in a row to make sure you are comfortable with attending our online meetings. All further requirements are listed on our join page. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can email [email protected] with any questions, or to just let us know you’re interested in applying!
Q: My question isn’t answered! How can I contact you?
A: You can reach our leadership team by emailing [email protected]