Starting new Rotary and Rotaract clubs increases our ability to improve lives in communities around the world. A new club adviser works with district leaders to develop and support the new club during the process. Other clubs and members can help the new club succeed by serving as sponsors or mentors.

Find information about the process in Starting a Rotary Club (PDF).

Reasons to start a club

Both club members and nonmembers can start clubs. Here are some reasons you might want to.

You're a club member, and:

  • An area in your district doesn't have its own club.
  • Your club can no longer accommodate new members.
  • Some members need an alternate meeting time.
  • Some members prefer to meet online, less frequently, or using a different format (explore club meeting options).

You're not a club member, and:

  • Your area doesn't have a club.
  • The club in your area doesn't fit your needs.
  • You want to get involved with your community in a new way.

How to start a club

You'll first need to contact Rotary leaders in the region, starting with the district governor. They'll help with the process and guide you through the requirements. If you don't know who the governor is in your area, email Club and District Support. Before you begin, remember:

  • A new Rotary club must have a minimum of 20 members. A new Rotaract club is recommended to have a minimum of 12 members. A new satellite club must have a minimum of 8 members.
  • If you have a sponsor club, it must have at least 20 members.

Key Resources

Before you start


Rotary Club Forms

Rotaract Club Forms

Rotary Satellite Club Forms

Rotaract Satellite Club Forms

Reference Materials

Getting Started

Governing Documents

Planning for Success

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