Form of Induction

These "Forms of Induction" are not meant to be prescriptive, but rather to assist. They give an idea of what may be said. Club Presidents are encouraged to use their own wording which preserves the dignity and ceremony of the occasion.


A FORM OF INDUCTION FOR A NEW ROTARIAN

Fellow Rotarians, it is my privilege and pleasure tonight to welcome into membership of our Club (full name ......................................................) whose application has been approved in accordance with the constitution and by-laws of the Club.

Would the Sergeant please bring (given name-...........................) and his/her sponsor forward.(Sponsor is then asked to introduce the new member to the President and give a brief  introductory  resume of their life to the Club).

(given name/surname ................  .........................) you have been invited to join the Rotary Club of .................................. because we believe that you possess those qualities required in a Rotarian. We know that you are well aware of, and have accepted, the obligations and responsibilities which membership of Rotary requires.

In our Club you will be entrusted with the classification of .......................... This will remain in your care so long as you are prepared to honour the Rotary ideals of service above self, and to represent faithfully the ideals of Rotary to your business and professional colleagues, and to the community at large. We know that you will find inspiration in service, and enjoyment in the fellowship of this Club and of the world-wide Rotary movement.

I now ask the Sergeant to present to you the badge which all Rotarians are proud to wear (pause..........)
and your dinner plaque which will be worn at all regular  meetings of this Club (pause.......)
and some Rotary literature, which I commend to your study.

You have been appointed to the ..................... Committee, chaired by ........................ and we look forward with confidence to your participation in and contribution to our Club’s programs, projects and activities. Much is expected from you in help and inspiration to enable us to serve society better.

Rotarian ..............................* will be your counsellor, and will assist you to learn more about Rotary objectives and procedures.

Rotarians! would you all please stand? (or Sergeant may signal as he turns new member to face Club).

Rotarians! I present to you Rotarian (given name/surname ................  .........................) who will be known to us as (Rotary name........................) and partner  (name..........................)

Let us all join in welcoming them both to the Rotary Club of ......................... and to the world-wide fellowship of Rotary International.

*not necessarily the sponsor - should be an experienced Rotarian and, if not the sponsor, should also be introduced.


A FORM OF INDUCTION FOR FORMER ROTARIAN

Thank you .........................., for accepting the invitation of the members of this Club to rejoin us in the world-wide fellowship and service work of Rotary. This invitation was extended to you because we believe that your leadership qualities are allied to those qualities which fit you to interpret and impart the message of Rotary to the community.

The principles and practices of Rotary, the privileges and obligations of a Rotarian, are already well known to you through your active membership of the Rotary Club of .................................. We would hope that you will give this Club the benefits of your previous Rotary experience to further strengthen the fellowship of this Club, to help us to serve even more effectively this community and the wider fields of Rotary service.

I am proud to present to you this Rotary badge. I also hand you your dinner plaque and some literature relative to Rotary and the activities of our Club.

You have been appointed to the ..................... Committee, chaired by ........................ and we look forward with confidence to your participation in and contribution to our club’s programs, projects and activities. Much is expected from you in help and inspiration to enable us to serve society better. I congratulate you and offer you the right hand of Rotary fellowship.

Rotarians! Join with me in extending a warm welcome to our new member Rotarian ...............................