Induction

SUGGESTED INDUCTION CEREMONIES The day that a person becomes a Rotarian can be the beginning of many years devoted to service and fellowship. Such an event warrants a special commemoration. When planning an induction ceremony, consider inviting the new member’s spouse to attend and make sure the sponsoring Rotarian is present as well; also consider presenting the new member with a copy of the induction script, as a memento of the occasion. The following scripts represent typical Rotary induction ceremonies. They can be modified, shortened, or expanded to meet the needs of your Club. Other scripts can be found in publications of RI or by reference to the District Information Officer
FOR A NEW MEMBER OF ROTARY “Sergeant ………………………. , will you please present to me……………………., so that I may induct him/her into the Rotary Club of………………………. Fellows, it gives me great pleasure to welcome ……………….…into the fellowship of the Rotary Club of …………….……, to hold the classification of ………........…………. ………………, you have been chosen for membership in Rotary because this Club believes you are a leader in your particular sphere of activity and it is evident you have the qualities to interpret and impart the message of Rotary to others in your classification. “You are a worthy representative of your vocation in this Club and we look forward to contributions of an educational nature pertaining to your craft coming to us through you. “Accordingly, you are an ambassador from us to others in your classification and it is your duty to carry the principles of Rotary Service to those whom you represent. The community will know Rotary through your embodiment of it, both in character and in service.” (President requests those present to please rise for the delivery of the following charge) “I now ask ..........……………. to present you with the Rotary Emblem which you should proudly wear daily, thus outwardly indicating your membership in Rotary. “It is my duty to remind you that your Membership in Rotary carries with it the obligation of regular attendance at the (weekly) meetings of this Club and a readiness at all times to do any jobs you may be called upon to do by the Club or its Officers. ……………., you are now a Rotarian and The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is now also your Foundation. Through it, you may now participate in a wide range of international charitable and educational Programs designed to help achieve world peace and understanding. “Much is expected of you, both in inspiration and help, to enable us to become better Rotarians and it is with this hope in mind that I offer you the Right Hand of Rotary fellowship and a most sincere welcome to Rotary. “Rotarian …………., would you care to say a few words to your fellow Club members? “I invite everyone to introduce yourselves to our new member………………… at the earliest opportunity.”
FOR A PAST MEMBER OF ANOTHER CLUB “Sergeant ………………………., will you please present to me……………………., so that I may induct him/her into the Rotary Club of……………………….……………….. .............................., it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Rotary Club of …………………… As a past member of Rotary, your induction into this Club is simplified. “You will continue your classification of …………… (or) you will now have the classification of……………….. “Before proceeding, I do consider it an opportune time to remind you of your obligations to Rotary, and to this Club in particular, and that is to attend meetings here regularly on a ……………day, or alternatively to “make-up” at another Club, and to willingly give your assistance with any Rotary task when asked to do so.” (President requests those present to please rise for the delivery of the following charge) “................................., it is my pleasure to induct you as a Member of the Rotary Club of ………….................. I would happily present you with a lapel badge; but I see that you are already wearing one (or) I present you with a lapel badge which I ask you to wear at all times, thus outwardly showing your commitment to the principles of Rotary International. “I offer to you this set of publications, which has been specially prepared by our Club, as, even with your past experience, you may well find new items of interest to further your knowledge of Rotary. If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask as there are many who are willing and able to help you. “Fellow Rotarians, I have much pleasure in presenting to you, Rotarian …………………...” (President asks those present to be seated.) “Rotarian (or Past title)..................……………., would you care to say a few words to your fellow Club members? (The new member addresses the Club and the President offers the following closing statement.) “I invite everyone to introduce yourselves to our new member………………… at the earliest opportunity.”
INDUCTION OF ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT Outgoing President……………………… - “Sergeant ………………………. , will you please present to me President Elect ………………………….in order that I may have the privilege of inducting her/him into the office of President of the Rotary Club of ……………………… President Elect ……………………………., in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Constitution of Rotary International and the By-laws of the Rotary Club of …………………….. you have been duly nominated a nd elected to the office of President of this Club for the xxxx-xxxx Rotary Year. The office of President places upon the incumbent an obligation to accept certain responsibilities and to perform certain duties in relation to Club and District activities. Do you accept those responsibilities and undertake to perform those duties to the best of your ability? “ President Elect…………………………………….. - “Yes” President …………………………….. continues - “You having accepted those responsibilities and given your undertaking, it now gives me great pleasure to invest you with the Collar of your Office which I entrust to your care, as well as this Presidential Badge which has been handed down from President to President and ask that you do likewise to your successor. I further entrust to your safe keeping the Charter of the Rotary Club of ……………………….., which is to be displayed for all to see at each regular meeting of the Club and transferred to your successor at her/his Induction. The destiny of this Club is now in your hands. Congratulations President …………………...
INSTALLATION OF ROTARACT or INTERACT CLUB PRESIDENT “Sergeant …………….., will you please present to me President Elect …………….. in order that I may have the privilege of installing (him / her) into the office of this (Rotaract / Interact) Club. President Elect …………………, the Rotaract / Interact Club of …………….. has duly nominated and elected you to the office of President of this Club for the ensuing (Rotaract, Interact) year. The office of President places on you an obligation to accept certain responsibilities and perform certain duties in relation to Club activities. Do you accept these responsibilities and undertake to perform these duties to the best of your ability? President Elect…………………………………….. - “Yes” or “I do” President …………………………….. continues You having accepted these responsibilities and given your undertaking, it now gives me great pleasure to invest you with the Collar of your Office which I entrust to your care, and which has been handed down from President to President, and I ask that you do likewise to your successor. The destiny of this Club is now in your hands. Congratulations President ……………. and all the best for a successful year.