We’re looking for members who are ready to meet new friends and get excited about helping plan our annual benefits for local charities, plus volunteer with us around the community. We get to know each other even better at after-hours events—sometimes with local Rotary Club members—and hope our new members have time to build great relationships outside of our typical club meeting time.
Springfield Rotaractors have the unique opportunity to interact with key community leaders, make meaningful relationships with service-minded people and develop professional and leadership skills to last a lifetime.
"BSA employees are expected to join a local service organization, and after hearing about Rotaract I thought this would be the best place for me—and it certainly has been! Rotaract has given me a place to test my skills as a leader. I have met multiple Eagle Scouts, potential new donors, and even potential volunteers through socials within Rotaract and with Rotary Clubs. Serving as a Casino Night Co-Chair has been the perfect way for me to use my event planning and organizational skills. I am even able to take ideas from this event and apply them to my current position with the BSA."
Interested in Joining?
Visit a Rotaract Meeting As A Guest
Check out our Member Directory to see if you already know a Rotaractor. If so, contact him or her and ask if you can be their guest! Don’t see anyone you know? No worries, contact us and one of our membership co-chairs will respond with upcoming meeting dates, so they can greet you, sit with you and introduce you to other members. Lunch is on us—we hope you can come!
Submit Your Application
Once you’ve attended a meeting as a guest, simply fill out this one-page form and email it to us. Make sure to take note of the meeting date you attended. We don’t need a full page bio; just use the space provided and our board will review it the first Wednesday of the month. Please feel free to continue attending meetings as our guest until we officially announce you as a new member. We want to get to know you!
New Member Orientation Requirements
Once you’ve received your welcome letter and have been announced as a new member to the club, you must complete the following:
Go to an orientation meeting with other new members.
These are casual, often held at popular lunch or happy hour location, where you can meet fellow members and learn more about what Rotaract’s all about. Look for these quarterly happy hour events on our calendar!
Tour our signature charity, Great Circle.
We raise money for the kids at Great Circle (formerly known as Boys & Girls Town) in Springfield each and every month. Even more importantly, we spend time with them, serving as role models, at least five times throughout the year. We ask our new members check out the local Great Circle campus to get acquainted with the organization.
Tours occur every first Wednesday of the month at noon and are approximately 30-45 minutes in length. Please contact the membership chair, Katie Gronniger, to attend.
Visit a Rotary Club as a guest.
One of the goals of Rotaract is to motivate young professionals for eventual membership in Rotary. New members are required to visit one of the five Rotary Clubs in Springfield.
Check out their websites to see if you know any of their current members. You might reach out to them and ask if you can attend a meeting as their guest. Don’t know any Rotarians? Don’t worry, just ask us to connect you to someone.
Rotary Club of Springfield
(Downtown) meets every Tuesday at noon at MSU’s Kentwood Hall.
Rotary Club of Springfield–Southeast
meets every Thursday at noon at Ocean Zen.
Rotary Club of Springfield–Sunrise
meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Twin Oaks Country Club.
Rotary Club of Springfield–North
meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Rotary Club of Springfield–Metro
meets every Tuesday at 5 p.m. at 425 Downtown.
Annual Membership Requirements
Annual dues are $375 (as of July 1, 2014) and include all meals, the member’s ticket to Double Dare and helps cover monthly community service and social budgets. Dues are prorated if a member joins in the middle of a fiscal year. Arrangements can also be made for monthly or quarterly payments if needed.
Each member is required to serve on Rotaract’s Rock’n Ribs or Double Dare Committee. There is also a small Membership committee made up of co-chairs for those looking for a leadership opportunity or experience prior to serving on the board of directors.
Members are required to attend at least 60% of meetings and club functions, including at least eight regularly scheduled Rotaract lunch meetings per year.
Members are asked to bring at least one guest during the fiscal year to help replace members as they turn 30 and to help facilitate growth.
To engage all Rotaractors, members are required to serve as a greeter at at least one club meeting annually. Responsibilities include arriving early to set-up the check-in table, welcome members, helping with sign-in sheets and name badges, encouraging members to participate in 50/50 for Great Circle, and helping clean up.
Members are required to attend one “Great Circle event” and one “other” service event offered by the Community Service Chairs during the year. Many members choose to volunteer at significantly more than one event!