FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Still have questions about what it means to become a Cohase Rotarian?

We have found that many of the questions below are often on the minds of prospective members. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

How often does your Rotary club meet?

Our club meetings are held at 6:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at the Happy Hour in Wells River, Vermont.

What kind of commitment do I need to make to attend meetings?

Cohase Rotary service is centered around two expectations of all of its members: the giving of time and financial resources. Attendance at weekly meetings is highly valued as an indication of your commitment to Rotary service. That said, Cohase Rotarians lead busy lives, with many family, professional, and community commitments. We recognize that these commitments will rightfully come first in a Rotarian’s life so the ‘making up’ of missed Club meetings is flexible.

If you are unable to attend a regular Cohase Rotary club meeting, you can ‘make up’ at virtually any other Rotary activity including the following:

  1. Cohase Rotary socials, service projects, Board and Committee meetings;
  2. Other Rotary Club meetings, social activities and events, even while traveling;
  3. Area and District meetings, trainings, socials and conferences;
  4. Interact meetings at the local high schools, or by attending a Rotaract meeting;
  5. Logging on and ‘attending’ a virtual meeting of the Rotary e-Club of Silicon Valley

May I solicit the membership for business if I become a member?

You will receive access to a club roster with each member’s personal and business information. This information is not allowed to be used for general business solicitation (i.e. putting everyone’s e-mail into your marketing list or mass mailing list). However, as you build relationships in the club, it is common practice to get to know members and what they do for work. Our club does do business with each other regularly. While it is not acceptable to use Rotary for marketing purposes only, as you build relationships with individual members in the club, you will have opportunities to support each other in business relationships. It is not expected you must support Rotary businesses, but it is common practice to do so. There are opportunities for sponsorships, advertisements and participation in our events as well as supporting our website.

May I promote my business in the club?

There are multiple opportunities to highlight your business throughout the year. During your introduction to the club, you can let members know what you do. All events have sponsorships that allows advertising in the event program and frequently on the event website. Rotary International encourages us to do business with each other. We simply do not want the club meeting to become another self-marketing meeting. We have real work and real service to accomplish as our primary purpose and goal.

Does that mean that networking is frowned upon?

Absolutely not! Rotary was founded on the chance to network between businesses; the RI emblem of a wheel depicts the original intent of “rotating” between members’ businesses to hold the weekly meetings. We encourage our members to network before lunch and to look to one another whenever a service is required.

Is Rotary a religious organization?

No. It is a place to embrace others’ spiritual and religious views in support of one another.

What costs are involved in being a member of your club?

Currently, annual dues are $125 and dinner is $20. It is also expected that each member will make a minimum annual donation $100 towards their Paul Harris Award (Rotary International).

What types of projects does Cohase Rotary participate in?

Our projects vary widely and there is sure to be something of interest to each member. Projects and activities range from club service such as helping with check-in or planning events to special events such as our annual Basketball Tournament and providing food at Paddle the Border events. We also work on community affairs, international service projects, youth projects in schools, and more.

What are the communication methods within Cohase Rotary?

  • Rotary International publishes a monthly magazine called “The Rotarian” A subscription is included in your annual dues. The District publishes a monthly newsletter that is circulated electronically.
  • Our Club newsletter is published monthly and is posted on this website.
  • The Club roster is accessible via your member login.
  • We have a Facebook page as well as a Twitter profile and an Instagram profile.