Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Jul 09, 2019
The Rotary Presidential Citation standards have been published for this year. The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support Rotary strategic priorities by completing certain activities. Clubs have the entire Rotary year, from July 1st 2019 through June 30th, 2020, to achieve the Citation’s goals. The Citation is centered around three major pillars: uniting people, taking action, and connecting. Here's what we seek to achieve:  


UNITE PEOPLE Achieve at least 5 of the following goals: 

  • Appoint an active club membership committee comprised of no less than five members and report the chair to Rotary International.   

  • Achieve a net gain in membership.

  • Maintain or improve your club’s retention of current and new members: 

    • Improve your club’s retention rate by 1 percentage point or 

    • If your club’s retention rate was 90 percent or more in  2018-2019, maintain it 

    • Achieve a net gain in female members or members under the  age of 40 

  • Conduct a study of your members’ occupations, and work to align your membership with the mix of businesses and professions in your community.  

  • Sponsor or co-sponsor a new Rotary club or Rotary Community Corps.

  • Sponsor or co-sponsor an Interact or Rotaract club.  

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

  • Sponsor a Youth Exchange student or RYLA participant.


TAKE ACTION Achieve at least 5 of the following goals: 

  • Appoint an active club Foundation committee comprised of no less than five members and report the chair to Rotary International.  

  • Increase the number of members involved in service projects.  

  • Contribute at least $100 per capita to the Annual Fund of  The Rotary Foundation. 

  • 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.  

  • Post successful club projects, with details about activities, volunteer hours, and funds raised, on . 

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

  • 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.


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


FOR ROTARY CLUBS Achieve these goals in addition to earning the Rotary Citation to receive SILVER (1 goal), GOLD (2 goals), or PLATINUM (3 goals) distinction 

  • Connect leaders. Achieve a net gain of five or more members.  

  • Connect families. Organize a family-oriented service project that connects families of your members, youth program participants, and others.   

  • Connect professionally. Initiate or continue a leadership, personal, or professional development program to enhance members’ skills. 

  • Connect community. 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.



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