Joining Our Club

Why Join our Club?

Dayton Rotary enables members the opportunity to get involved in Dayton’s rich civic and city life, and to expand their international scope of understanding!

We have great speakers, events, and members!

The cornerstone of our club is a weekly lunch with a distinguished speaker. But we have many other activities, events, and committee activities.

Our purpose is to:

  • Build friendships among business and professional leaders who share an interest in Dayton and a global outlook
  • Enrich and educate members with stimulating weekly luncheon speakers on topics of local, national and international interest
  • Support the Dayton and international communities through philanthropy and volunteer projects
  • Expand international understanding through a diverse and international membership, welcoming visitors from Rotary’s other 32,000 clubs worldwide, scholarship and exchange programs, and Rotary travel opportunities
  • Foster and facilitate a peaceful, prosperous, just and sustainable world in partnership with Rotary clubs worldwide

Membership in the Rotary Club of Dayton

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Dayton. Membership is extremely important to us and we are always eager to receive applications from persons interested in joining our club.

Membership in The Rotary Club of Dayton requires an invitation and sponsorship by two members of the club as well as an available business or professional classification. Rotary uses the classification system to establish and maintain a vibrant cross-section or representation of the community’s business, vocational, and professional interests among members and to develop a pool of resources and expertise to successfully implement service projects.

Often a person being considered for membership is invited by a club member or sponsor to attend one of our weekly meetings to learn more about Rotary. The membership process may take 6 – 8 weeks from the time a proposal is submitted for consideration.

If you are accepted into membership, you will be asked to pay a $250 initiation fee. In addition, you will be billed for quarterly dues and lunches (if you choose the prepaid option).

Your sponsors must complete the membership proposal form and submit it to the Rotary office where it will then be sent to the Classification Committee and then to the Board of Directors for consideration.

Please feel free to contact the Rotary Office for further information on becoming a member of our club.

Laura Erbaugh
Executive Director


The Rotary Club of Dayton has a one-time initiation fee of $250 (currently this is being waived through 12/31/22). The quarterly dues are $145.00 which pay for club operating expenses, the SMILE newsletter, The Rotarian magazine, and Rotary International and District dues. Members can either choose to prepay their luncheon fees for the quarter at a cost of $18 per meal or they can pay as they go at the meetings they are able to attend at a cost of $20 per meal.  

Attendance Requirements

All Rotary clubs keep attendance records and it is the member’s responsibility to sign-in when picking up his/her name badge. According to RI rules and club by-laws, a member should maintain a minimum attendance of 60% for each 1/2 year. This is not hard to satisfy since members can “make-up” meetings in other Rotary clubs locally or most anywhere else in the world. Members can also get attendance credits when they attend and participate in committee meetings and activities and attend club social events.

There is a listing of other area club meeting locations on the District 6670 website there is also a link to the District site on our home page. If you are going to be traveling out of the area you may call the Rotary office or log on to the Rotary International website for make-up options in any location in the US or outside of the country. No reservations are required to attend another Rotary meeting.


The Rotary Club of Dayton publishes a weekly newsletter called the SMILE where members will be informed of meeting location, scheduled speakers, social events and other pertinent club information. It is emailed weekly each Rotarian.  

Rotary International published The Rotarian magazine monthly. Members are encouraged to review this magazine as it provides a wealth of information reporting on the activities of Rotary International and Rotary clubs worldwide.

Regular Meetings

The Rotary Club of Dayton meets each Monday at 12:00 noon (with the exception of holidays). Meetings are held at Sinclair Community College in Building 12 in the Earley Auditorium. Occasionally meetings will be held offsite and members will be alerted to the alternate location.