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Member Classification

Driving Capability and Diversity

Rotary clubs originally classified members based on their skills and vocations. It was done to promote diversity and enhance the capability to handle challenging projects. A diverse range of vocations also meant a much wider network of resources that could be tapped for needed resources. The system is a unique model for inclusive, innovative problem-solving in today's diverse world.

It dates back to Rotary’s beginning, where they strived to reflect a community's business and professional diversity within each club. It originally operated on the principle of 'one representative per classification' to promote the widest range of skills and to decrease possible conflict between members in the same profession. Larger clubs and digital-era vocations have allowed some flexibility by expanding the classifications.

The diverse skill set within each club boosts their problem-solving capacity. Members share knowledge and experiences from their fields, nurturing innovation to address local problems. Rotarians are encouraged to apply their professional expertise to service projects, benefitting the cause and enhancing their skills.

Research demonstrates that diverse teams are more innovative and efficient, with varied experiences leading to inclusive and effective problem-solving. The combination of diverse capabilities allows Rotary to tackle challenging projects successfully, from eradicating polio worldwide to providing clean water. A wide-range of skills and knowledge are applied to these projects, improving design, implementation, and catering to diverse needs found in wide-ranging locales.


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