A key Club goal this year is to earn the Rotary Citation with Platinum Presidential Distinction. We must complete qualification by June 30th, 2019.


Just seven percent of Rotary Clubs earn the Rotary Citation in any given year. We’ve earned the award three times so far - in 2014, 2016, and in 2018.

The Rotary Citation focuses on Club achievements of goals within each of the three core RI strategic priorities of “Support and Strengthen Clubs”, “Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service”, and “Enhance Public Image and Awareness”.


This year, clubs can receive the Rotary Citation with Presidential Distinction when they achieve the Rotary Citation goals plus one to three additional goals.


The three Rotary International strategic priorities are “Support and Strengthen Clubs”, “Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service”, and “Enhance Public Image and Awareness”.  Grouped under each strategic priority are six goals, of which we must achieve at least three. We’ll look at each strategic priority and its six goals in turn.


Support and Strengthen Clubs. Clubs must achieve at least three of the following six goals.  


> Achieve a net gain of one member.

> Maintain or improve our club’s retention of current and new members -

  • Improve our retention rate by one percentage point, or

  • If the club’s retention rate was 90 percent or more in 2017-2018, maintain it.

> Achieve a net gain in female members.

> Have at least 60 percent of club members report their birth dates through MyRotary.

> Sponsor or co-sponsor a new Rotary Club.

> Conduct a classification study of our members’ occupations, and work to align our membership with the mix of businesses and professions in our communities.   


Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service. Clubs must achieve at least three of the following six goals.  


> Sponsor a Rotary Community Corps.

> Sponsor or co-sponsor an Interact or Rotoract club.

> Contribute at least $100 per capita to the Annual Fund.

> Increase the number of members involved in service projects.

> Hold an event to raise funds for, or to increase awareness of, Rotary’s work toward polio eradication.

> Conduct a significant local or international service project in one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus.


Enhance Public Image and Awareness. Clubs must achieve at least three of the following six goals.


> Post successful Club projects, with details about activities, volunteer hours, and funds raised, on Rotary Showcase.

> Use Rotary’s brand guidelines, templates, People of Action campaign materials, and related resources.

> Arrange for the club’s members to talk with the media to tell your club’s, and Rotary’s, story.

> Host an event for Rotary alumni, and highlight Rotary’s networking opportunities.

> Continue or establish a partnership with a corporate, governmental or nongovernmental entity and work on a project together.

> Sponsor a Youth Exchange student or RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) participant.


This year, Clubs that achieve the following additional goals may qualify for the Silver (one goal), Gold (two goals) or Platinum (three goals) distinction.


Additional Goals to achieve Presidential Distinction.    


> Achieve a net gain of five or more members.

> Show how your club’s members are people of action by promoting your club and its service activities on social media at least four times per month.

> Initiate or continue a leadership, personal or professional development program to enhance members’ skills and the value of their membership.


These are lofty goals, as well they should be. Striving to achieve or exceed them during our Rotary year across all Avenues of Service and by all of our members working individually and through our Committees and Campaigns will help to improve our club’s internal and external strengths to realize our aspiration to be People of Action of service in our communities.      





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