Membership Criteria

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his/her personal, business and community life;
  • The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men and women united in the ideal of service

Should you have any additional questions about membership details and expectations, please feel free to contact our membership chairperson.

The Four Way Test

The Four Way Test is a statement of business and service ethics created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Company, which was facing bankruptcy. This business ethics test was applied to all aspects of the company’s work, and the survival of the company was credited to following this philosophy.

  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it Fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Expectations of Membership

To be a Cheat Lake Rotarian you are expected to give your time and talents to Community service, Club social functions, and Club and District activities. Other expectations include:

  • Wearing your Rotary Pin daily, especially at meetings and other Rotary functions.
  • Attendance at weekly meetings (with make-ups allowed by visiting other Rotary groups or District events)
  • Attendance at key club social functions, such as the The Cheat Lake Regatta
  • Financial participation in a variety of ways, including initiation fee, annual dues, and selected fees in recognition of events and anniversaries

Rotary qualifies as a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c)(3), some of these costs are tax-deductible by businesses and individuals, except for the value of meals and prizes received.

Maintaining Membership in Cheat Lake Rotary

In the interest of maintaining an active, vibrant and healthy club, The Rotary Club of Cheat Lake Board of Directors instituted the following set of minimum requirements to maintain membership in the club:

  • Maintain an attendance level greater than 60% with at least 50% of attendance at club meetings
  • Pay the annual club dues by June 30th
  • Give at least 24 hours of service annually
  • Make a donation to the Rotary International Foundation
  • Remain in good financial standing with the club
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