En Rotaryklubb bör idealiskt vara en "max-mix" av företrädare för olika yrken eller sysselsättningar i samhället.

Rotarys metod för att säkra mångfald i klubben är att varje medlem har en s k Klassifikation som anger inom vilket område som personen lämnar sitt bidrag till samhället.
Klassifikation är alltså inte titel eller utbildning, vilket Cliff Dochterman förklarar i artikeln nedan.
Vilken klassifikation skulle du kunna representera? Vilket är området för din dagliga gärning för att bidra till samhället?


Virtually all membership in Rotary is based upon a ”classification.” Basically a classification describes the distinct and recognized business or professional service which the Rotarian renders to society.

The principle of Rotary classification is somewhat more specific and precise. In determining the classification of a Rotarian it is necessary to look at the ”principal or recognized business or professional activity of the firm, company or institution” with which an active member is connected or ”that which covers his principal and recognized business or professional activity.”

It should be clearly understood that classifications are determined by activities or services to society rather than by the position held by a particular individual. In other words, if a person is the president of a bank, he is not classified as ”bank president” but under the classification ”banking.” It is the principal and recognized activity of a business or professional establishment or the individual’s principal and recognized business or professional activity that determines the classification to be established and loaned to a qualified person.

For example, the permanently employed electrical engineer, insurance adjustor, or business manager of a railroad company, mining company, manufacturing concern, hospital, clinic, etc., may be considered for membership as a representative of the particular work he may be doing personally or as a representative of the firm, company, or institution to which he is devoting his professional services.

The classification principle also permits business and industries to be separated into distinct functions such as manufacturing, distributing, retailing and servicing.

Classifications may also be specified as distinct and independent divisions of a large corporation or university within the club’s territory, such as a school of business or a school of engineering.

The classification principle is a necessary concept in assuring that each Rotary club represents a cross section of the business and professional service of the community.

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These short articles about Rotary were first published in the weekly bulletin of the Rotary Club of North Stockton, California, U.S.A. That was well before their author, Cliff Dochterman, became president of Rotary International for the year 1992-93. Originally called ”Did Ya Know?” the pieces were prepared to share interesting facts about Rotary International with members of the North Stockton club.
Later, in response to requests from other Rotary clubs, the articles were reprinted in collected form. Now, President Cliff has brought the collection up to date in keeping with one of the emphases of his year in office as R.l. president – to help Rotarians learn more.
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