What is the COG’s program?

You are a COG for the first twelve months of membership wherein you will be integrated into the club by becoming familiar with Rotary International, in general , and Salinas Rotary Club, in particular, by meeting other members, participating in club activities and joining a committee. As a COG, you will be assigned a Mentor to assist you in navigating your initial membership period.

What if I can’t make a lunch meeting?

You can make up by attending another club’s regular meeting or by attending one of our club’s make up opportunities. There are numerous way to make up such as the monthly Thursday Wine Down, committee meetings, and volunteering at one of our service projects. You must make up within a two week window of your missed meeting.

What if I can’t make meetings for an extended period?

Leaves of absence are approved at the monthly Board of Directors meetings. You must submit your request, in writing, to the club administrator and provide the requested dates and the reason. You should do so far enough in advance to allow for the timing of the board meetings which occur on the third Thursday of each month.

How much does Rotary cost?

Your Rotary obligation is made up of dues, lunches, and charitable donations. A complete breakdown can be found in the membership application on our About\Membership page.

How do fines work?

The club President will try to recognize all members publicly at meetings who wish to be at least once each year. Because of time limitations at meetings, we find it necessary to bill charitable pledge balances twice each year, generally in January and June.

What is the difference between Salinas Rotary Club and Salinas Rotary Charitable Fund and Rotary Foundation?

The Salinas Rotary Club is a business association that uses contributions from members to organize activities for the membership such as the weekly lunch meetings.  Contributions to the Salinas Rotary Club may be tax deductible as business expenses but not as charitable contributions.   The Salinas Rotary Club Charitable Fund has been granted federal tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization.  Contributions to the Salinas Rotary Club Charitable Fund are tax deductible as charitable contributions.  The joint leadership of the Charitable Fund and the Club structures activities so that fund raising and charitable activities are done by the Charitable Fund and non-charitable activities are done by the Club.

The Rotary Foundation is the not-for-profit entity that supports the efforts of Rotary International. Your contributions to Polio Plus and Paul Harris fellowships go directly to Rotary Foundation.

How do I propose a new member?

It is advisable to approach the membership committee before inviting a proposed member to begin the process. There is a downloadable membership application on our About\Membership page that provides detailed information about membership and costs. This application is completed by the prospective member.