What would you do? Paying a member’s way at convention

By Rotary magazine staff

The House of Friendship at the Rotary International Convention 2019.

A prominent business leader recently joined your Rotary club. They run a global business and their customers are primarily Rotarians. Your club’s leadership team decides to pay this new member’s way to the next Rotary International Convention; they think the experience will inspire the new member to get more involved in club activities. The member mentions that they plan to have a booth promoting their business in the House of Friendship during the entire convention and probably will not have time to attend sessions. What would you do?

Every month, Rotary magazine showcases answers to an ethical question that members might face in their Rotary clubs. Above is the ethical challenge we will tackle in the November issue of the magazine. Share your suggestions below and send them to magazine@rotary.org

5 thoughts on “What would you do? Paying a member’s way at convention

  1. This brings up a related issue, the 2022 convention. Rotarians age 30 and under only pay $125, Rotarians 31 and older pay $475 this is Wrong! there are many successful business people and Entrepreneurs age 30mand under, these are the young people we need in Rotary, not the ones looking for a handout. To discriminate against people because of their age is not fair to all concerned and a violation of the Four-Way Test.


  2. I paid for 2 non Rotarians to attend the Toronto Convention and 2nto attend the Hamburg Convention.

    The experience had an exceptional impact on them and 2 became Rotarians and 2 became supporters…..


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  4. If that “prominent business leader” is part of the top management of a “global business”, it is next to impossible that “their customers are primarily Rotarians”, I cannot imagine what the products or services of such a corporation would be. So the premise of this case is already flawed.
    The definition of a “global business” is that it generates more than half of its revenues outside of the country of their corporate seat. (I have worked for several global businesses which meet this definition)
    If that new member is indeed a “business leader” in her company, she will clearly be earning enough money to pay her own way to the next Rotary International convention.
    A Rotary Club board which decides to subsidize any members attendance at an RI Convention is committing, at minimum, a dereliction of duties. Whoever attends an RI Convention is paying for that her:himself, period.
    It does not matter what the club member plans to do or not to do at a Convention, she pays for herself.


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