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Rotary Information


          State of Rotary's Membership


          Rotary's members are our greatest assets: When our membership is strong, our clubs are
          more vibrant, Rotary has greater visibility, and our members have more resources to help
          communities flourish. Keeping Rotary relevant and thriving while continuing to enhance
          our members' lives takes a willingness to be innovative, seek out diversity, and adapt to
          changing needs.


          The following information will give Rotarians a look at the state of Rotary's membership,
          how we got here, who is joining - and who is leaving - and the opportunities we all have
          to make membership a top priority.


          As of 1 July 2017, we had:


             .  1,202,936  Rotarians  (482  fewer  than  the  previous  year).  Although  our  global
                 member count has remained relatively flat over the last 15 years, the number of
                 Rotary clubs continues to grow.


             . 35,656 Clubs (up 257 from the prior year). Despite a decline in members last year,

                 the  number  of  clubs  actually  increased, expanding  our  reach  and  increasing our
                 capacity for service around the world.


             . 886 New Clubs Formed in 2015-16. Traditionally, Rotary has grown by forming new
                 clubs.  These  clubs  have  successfully  accommodated  diverse  groups  and  offered
                 different meeting times and formats.


             . THE AVERAGE CLUB HAS 34 MEMBERS. The most common club size continues to be
                 20 members.


             .  Over  the  past  five  years,  we  have  remained  around  approximately  1.2  million
                 members.  This  reflects  a  consistent  organizational  focus  on  reaching  new
                 members, becoming more diverse and keeping our existing members engaged.


             . In the same time period, we have seen clubs experimenting with new membership
                 types, alternate meeting times, or different attendance requirements as a way to
                 remain  attractive  to  both  current  and  prospective  members.  We  know  that  for
                 many clubs, flexibility is working and has proven a great way to address the varied

                 needs of club members.

             . This information shows the cyclical nature of our membership count over the past

                 five years. During the first five months of each year, member numbers grow. That's
                 followed by a slight dip just before the 1 January club invoice, when clubs report
                 the most membership changes. Then membership again increases through May,
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